EO powers were anti-terror, not anti-crime, say lawyers

PETALING JAYA, July 23 — Efforts to resurrect preventive detention from the Emergency Ordinance (EO) to address a purported spike in crime are misplaced, according to lawyers who point out that the repealed law was introduced to combat communist insurgents rather than common criminals. Repealed in 2011 as part of the Najib administration’s raft of…

Lock-up SOP ‘lacks enforcement’

PETALING JAYA (July 22, 2013): Enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOP) for officers manning police lock-ups is the key to curb detainee deaths. Human rights groups said today that the current SOP is more than adequate and that the lack of enforcement is the actual issue. They were commenting on a statement made by Inspector-General…

Cop wanted for Dharmendran’s murder identified

After a month of public pressure to release details of the police officer wanted in connection with the murder of detainee N. Dharmendran, Kuala Lumpur police today released the suspect’s photograph and particulars on their Facebook page. The officer is identified as Inspector Hare Krishnan a/l K. Subramaniam (pic) from the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters…

‘Stop harassing opposition leaders’

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR MP for Bayan Baru, Sim Tze Tzin today urged the police to focus on reducing crime rate instead of harassing the opposition politicians. He said this at a press conference outside the Sentul police station when he and student activist Adam Adli’s father, Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid were called in to give…

Evidence was suppressed in Kugan case, says judge

A High Court judge who held that the nation’s current Inspector-General of Police was responsible for the death of detainee A. Kugan, said there was also suppression of evidence during the trial. Datuk V.T. Singham, who retired last month, said such an action amounted to undermining the judicial authority and ability of the court from…

Family wants justice for Karuna’s death

Opposition MPs want answers from the home minister and inspector-general of police for the death of P.Karuna Nithi, who died in police custody on June 1, after he had surrendered for hitting his wife. Padang Serai MP N.Surendran told reporters at the Parliament lobby that the post mortem report revealed that the deceased had 61…