Maria Chin’s fam­ily files habeas corpus ap­pli­ca­tion

> Ber­sih chief ‘sin­gled out for hor­ren­dous treat­ment’: Lawyer


KUALA LUMPUR: Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah’s (pix) fam­ily has filed a habeas corpus ap­pli­ca­tion at the High Court ask­ing it to com­pel the po­lice to re­lease the Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man, who is cur­rently be­ing held in de­ten­tion un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

The ap­pli­ca­tion was filed through her lawyers Datuk S. Am­biga, Eric Paulsen and Melissa Sasid­ha­ran at the High Court reg­istry.

“It is very clear, only Maria Chin has been sin­gled out for this ridicu­lous and hor­ren­dous treat­ment un­der Sosma. (It is) to­tally un­nec­es­sary. There is no need to keep her in soli­tary con­fine­ment,” Am­biga said at the Jalan Duta Court Com­plex lobby.

“If they want to in­ves­ti­gate and ques­tion her, they can eas­ily do it, with­out putting her un­der this kind of de­ten­tion.”

Un­der Sosma, po­lice can de­tain Maria Chin for 28 days with­out hav­ing to charge her.

In the ap­pli­ca­tion, Maria Chin, who is the ap­pli­cant, named Supt Tham Lai Kuan (head of the clas­si­fied crimes in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit at Bukit Aman), the in­spec­tor­gen­eral of po­lice, home min­is­ter and the govern­ment as re­spon­dents.

Maria Chin’s el­dest son, Azu­min Mo­hamad Yunus, 23, filed a sup­port­ing af­fi­davit for the ap­pli­ca­tion.

In the af­fi­davit, Azu­min said Maria Chin was ar­rested at about 3.10pm on Nov 18 at her of­fice.

He stated that Maria Chin was placed in a small cell, with­out any win­dows and in soli­tary con­fine­ment, with­out a mat­tress or pil­low and she had to sleep on the floor, in an air con­di­tioned room.

“We hope this is a step closer to our mum’s free­dom. We find it very un­just that she is be­ing de­tained,” said Azu­min, who was with his broth­ers Az­i­man Maria Mo­hamad Yunus, 22, and Azemi Maria Mo­hamad Yunus, 20.

Am­biga (left) and Paulsen (right) with Maria Chin's three sons, (from left) Azu­min, Azemi and Az­i­man dur­ing the fil­ing of the habeas corpus ap­pli­ca­tion at the Kuala Lumpur Court com­plex in Jalan Duta yes­ter­day.

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