Suhakam: It’s a mis­use of law

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PETALING JAYA: The Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Malaysia (Suhakam) has ex­pressed ob­jec­tion over the use of the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma) on Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah.

Suhakam chair­man Tan Sri Razali Is­mail said the use of Sosma on Maria can­not be ac­cepted by a “so­ci­ety that has a na­tional con­science”.

“The broad char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of ‘se­cu­rity of­fences’ un­der Sosma now sug­gests that its scope ex­tends beyond ter­ror­ism of­fences.”

He pointed out that in 2011, the gov­ern­ment had given an as­sur­ance that no in­di­vid­ual will be ar­rested merely on the point of po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy.

“Suhakam views the de­ten­tion of Maria as a mis­use of law, an abuse of the le­gal sys­tem and of law en­force­ment,” Razali said. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) also de­manded the im­me­di­ate re­lease of Maria.

“We re­it­er­ate the call for all laws that per­mit de­ten­tion with­out trial to be abol­ished or amended im­me­di­ately as there can be no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for laws that un­der­mine the right to fair trial,” Suaram said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

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