Kashgari’s habeas corpus application thrown out

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — The High Court here today dismissed the habeas corpus application filed by lawyers for Saudi Arabian journalist Hamzah Kashgari, granting the preliminary objection raised by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.  Kashgari, who writes for the Jeddah-based Al Bilad newspaper, was deported on February 12 at the request of Saudi government for posting…

Hamza Kashgari, kamu dimana sekarang?

Sesiapa yang tahu mendalam tentang budaya Arab akan tahu bagaimana syair, sajak dan gurindam amat-amat dekat di hati bangsa Arab. Bukan sesuatu yang ganjil apabila kita bertemu seorang Beduin di padang pasir yang mungkin buta huruf tetapi boleh menghafal syair dan sajak yang berumur ratusan tahun. Puncak keindahan bahasa Arab ini boleh dihayati dalam al-Quran. ‘I love…

Malaysia ‘acted unlawfully’ in deporting Saudi journalist

Lawyers representing Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari have said there are no immigration records of his deportation from Malaysia, insinuating that the 23-year-old had been sent back to his native country surreptitiously and in violation of international laws concerning “non-refoulement”. According to Kashgari’s lawyer, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, neither Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (Subang) airport nor Kuala Lumpur International…

‘No immigration report of deportation’

KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyers representing Saudi Arabian journalist Hamza Kashgari Mohamad Najeeb said today that there were no immigration records showing that the 23-year-old was deported prior to a court injunction preventing the government from doing so. “We checked at the Subang airport immigration at between 2.15pm to 2.30pm and there were no immigration records of…

Malaysia defends deportation of Saudi journalist

Malaysia’s government on Monday defended its decision to deport a young Saudi journalist who may face persecution at home for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad on Twitter. International rights groups have slammed the deportation but Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia was not a safe haven for fugitives. Jiddah-based newspaper columnist Hamza Kashgari, 23, was…

LFL: Further lies and deceit by the Home Minister and PDRM over Hamza’s deportation

Press Statement Lawyers for Liberty is simply astonished and outraged at Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein and PDRM’s continuing attempt to spin further lies and deceit over the illegal and unconstitutional detention and deportation of Hamza Kashgari by now alleging or insinuating that he is a “criminal” or “terrorist” wanted by his home country. The truth…

M’sia deports Saudi journalist Kashgari

Malaysia on Sunday deported a young Saudi journalist wanted in his home country over a Twitter post about the Prophet Mohammed, defying pleas from human rights group who said he faced execution. Hamza Kashgari, who was detained in Malaysia on Thursday after fleeing Saudi Arabia, has now left the country, national police spokesperson Ramli Yoosuf said. “He was deported to…

Democratic Push a Good Opportunity for Burma to Resolve Rohingya Statelessness

In the midst of the euphoria accompanying Burma’s seeming democratic transition, one of the key human rights issues that international leaders and Burma pro-democracy and ethnic group activists have failed to address is the continuing statelessness and marginalization of the Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic minority concentrated in northern Rakhine State in western Burma, bordering Bangladesh.…