Bar Council demands RMAF to withdraw threat

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 — The Malaysian Bar Council demanded today that Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) withdraw its threat against ex-airman N. Tharmendran’s lawyer. The Bar Council President Ragunath Kesavan said in a statement that the RMAF had crossed the line when it interfered and gave intimidating “advice”. “The RMAF’s blatant demand that lawyer…

Police accused of abducting eyewitness to their own brutality

Lawyers acting for the wife of K Selvachandran, an eyewitness to a police beating that resulted in the death of a suspect are pressing the panic button because after 4 days, the police are still refusing to divulge where he has been taken to.

“This looks and sounds like an abduction. We demand that the police cease this illegal conduct and release K Selvachandran immediately,” Lawyers for Liberty spokesperson Latheefa Koya told Malaysia Chronicle. The 30-year old Selva was a key witness in the inquest of R Gunasegaran, who died while in police custody. In a decision that provoked public outrage, the Coroner returned an open verdict on Monday although Selva and three others had seen a police officer beat Guna unconscious.

RMAF says ex-airman’s lawyer helping him go AWOL

N. Surendran of Lawyers for Liberty was today served at his office with a letter from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) claiming Tharmendran was still on active duty until May 28 next year.

The letter, signed by Lieutenant-Colonel Mohd Razif Ramli on behalf of the air force chief, demanded that Surendran advise Tharmendran to hand himself in to armed forces personnel within seven days or face potential criminal proceedings under Section 135 and 136 of the Penal Code.

“Please take notice, we hereby demand that you advice Sgt U. Tharmendran a/l Nagarajah to hand himself in… to any Team/UniU Formation ATM (Malaysian Armed Forces) within seven days of this letter’s date,” the letter said.

Kes curi jet: Permohonan sarjan TUDM soal balas dua mejar ditolak

Dalam afidavitnya, Tharmendran selaku pemohon mendakwa dia telah diseksa dan dakwaan tersebut disokong oleh rakannya, Intan Yusof, 46, yang mendakwa melihat kejadian seorang tahanan diseksa semasa melawat tertuduh di penjara.

Norazan dan Md Amin dalam afidavit mereka pula menafikan dakwaan bahawa mereka yang melakukan perbuatan itu.

Tharmendran diwakili peguam Latheefa Koya dan N. Surendran sementara pendakwaan diwakili Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Ishak Mohd Yusof.

Malaysia Chronicle denied basic right of legal representation by MCMC

When my hand-phone alarm woke me at 5am this morning, it was with reluctance and a heavy heart that I opened my eyes. At the back of my mind the whole weekend was my 11am interview or interrogation by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

And true enough, it turned out not to be a pleasant experience.

Less than 10 minutes into the meeting at the MCMC headquarters in Cyberjaya, my lawyer Latheefa Koya was ‘booted out’ from the room by none other than the director of the enforcement department, who personally came to ‘collect’ her.

And in doing so, he denied me of my fundamental right to legal representation.

Now, those of you who know Latheefa will know what a brave person she is and how very vocal she can be. But perhaps sensing my nervousness, she helped to restore calm to my troubled thoughts after she had argued for many minutes with the MCMC officials.