LFL: What is needed is SOCA not PROCA

Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the recent decision by the police to use the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (PROCA) as a measure to deal with the escalation of serious and organised crimes. PROCA allows for the detention of any persons for police investigation up to a maximum of 72 days under remand…

LFL: The escalating religious intolerance must stop

Press Statement Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the escalating religious intolerance in Malaysia where in recent months, several minor incidents of perceived insult against Islam have been blown completely out of proportion by Umno leaders, their supporters and the mainstream media – leading to the arrest and remand of Maznah Yusof @ Chetz…

LFL: Charging Milosuam in Kota Kinabalu – Unwarranted and Arbitrary

Press Statement Lawyers for Liberty condemns the burdensome, unlawful and arbitrary charge of blogger Milosuam (Yusuf al Siddique) under section 505 of the Penal Code at the Magistrate’s Court in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This section criminalizes the act of ‘publishing or circulating statements, rumours or reports’ that are ‘conducing to public mischief’. According to Section…

LFL: Malaysia’s shocking collaboration with the CIA in the extraordinary rendition of two Libyan nationals

Lawyers for Liberty is shocked and outraged at Malaysia’s involvement in a CIA extraordinary rendition process that was recently revealed in Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition, a report by Open Society Justice Initiative. Extraordinary rendition is the transfer without legal process of a detainee, often “suspected terrorists” to the custody of a…

LFL: The Prime Minister and NRD have failed to protect genuine stateless claimants

Lawyers for Liberty views with disbelief Special Implementation Taskforce chairman Siva Subramaniam’s statement reported in Free Malaysia Today (“Ministry adds on to stateless problem”, 23 January 2013) that seemed to suggest that Prime Minister Najib Razak and the National Registration Department (NRD) were doing a good job in addressing statelessness affecting the Indian community while…

LFL: The AG must appeal Corporal Jenain’s acquittal

Lawyers for Liberty is outraged with Corporal Jenain’s acquittal on appeal despite causing the death of 15 year old Aminulrasyid.   We strongly urge the Attorney General to appeal against this decision immediately.   There is overwhelming evidence to show why the conviction should be upheld.   First, how was it possible that 21 shots…

LFL: Abolish death penalty now

Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern Deputy Home Minister Abu Seman Yusop statement in Parliament today that the government has no plans to abolish the death penalty – all the more shocking since it coincided with the World Day Against the Death Penalty on 10 October. The death penalty has no place in any…