Lawyers fear 12 charged for LTTE links will not receive fair trial

Malaysiakini | Lawyers, including New Sin Yew and Amer Hamzah Arshad, expressed concern that those charged for purported links to a now-defunct terrorist group may not receive fair trial. They pointed out the trials would be governed by the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), which makes it easier for the prosecution to secure a conviction and is open to abuse.

What happens next for assemblymen charged with terrorism related offence?

By Kenneth Tee | Malay Mail Both Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran and Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan who were charged with terrorism related offence at the Sessions Court today will be able to retain their positions as elected representatives as stipulated under the Federal Constitution. Section 6(1)(e) of the Federal

Ex-Sabah CM Musa freed of 5 corruption charges

By V. Anbalagan | Free Malaysia Today The High Court here today acquitted former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman of five counts of corruption amounting to US$12.8 million over transactions linked to timber concessions in the state Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed the acquittal although deputy public prosecutor Umar Saifuddin

Group offers to help Putrajaya draft and review human rights laws

By Joel Shasitiran | Free Malaysia Today A group of experts has come forward to help Putrajaya review the current laws concerning human rights. The Malaysian Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (MCCHR) claims it has 30 local and international experts. They are currently studying laws in five areas that

Rights group lists 4 amendments for Peaceful Assembly Act

By Nicole Ng | Free Malaysia Today A human rights organisation today said there should be no need for consent or permission to organise assemblies in areas under local councils as these are public places and not under the purview of private owners. Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights

Case management of Musa Aman’s corruption trial fixed for Oct 18

By Hanis Zainal | The Star The High Court fixed Oct 18 as case management date for former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, who is facing 35 charges of bribery and 16 charges of money laundering related to timber concessions in Sabah. High Court deputy registrar Catherine Nicholas

Can (and should) Malaysia sue Indonesia over transboundary haze?

By  Ida Lim | Malay Mail A group of Malaysian professionals have suggested that Malaysia launch a lawsuit against Indonesia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a symbolic RM1 over open fires and the haze problem, but lawyers say that this move is not feasible. Other legal action ideas against

Task force to study alternative to death penalty; ex-CJ to lead

By Martin Vengadesan | Malaysiakini The government has set up a special task force to study an alternative sentence to the mandatory death penalty. This is in line with the cabinet decision made on Aug 29, de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong said in a statement issued today. The special task

Malaysia’s human trafficking court nets few scalps in first year

By Beh Lih Yi | Thomson Reuters Foundation A Malaysian court that promised justice for victims of human trafficking made eight convictions in its inaugural year despite the launch of hundreds of investigations in recent years, data obtained exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed. Malaysia is a magnet for

To peacefully assemble or not?

By Suaram A couple of weeks ago, Suaram (Suara Rakyat Malaysia) spoke to New Sin Yew, an advocate and solicitor from AmerBON, Advocates, on the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and the Sedition Act 1948 in a new podcast series on human rights and current issues. Find out what he thinks

Politicians condemned for playing ‘civil service sabotage’ card

By Aidila Razak | Malaysiakini Senior human rights lawyer Edmund Bon (above) today criticised ministers and political leaders for using “civil service sabotage” as an excuse for delays in reform. Not mentioning names, he said some political leaders have “forgotten where they come from,” and do not know how to

Court of Appeal allows former Sabah CM to get passport back

Hafiz Yatim | The Edge Markets PUTRAJAYA (July 23): Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, who is facing 51 charges for receiving bribes and money laundering, has today been allowed by the Court of Appeal to retrieve his passport to resume medical treatment overseas. The unanimous decision was

Musa gets back his passport for overseas medical treatment

By Ho Kit Yen | Free Malaysia Today Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today. PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today allowed former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman’s bid to get his passport back temporarily to seek medical treatment overseas. Justice Abdul Rahman

Apex court upholds union-busting findings against two banks

By Malaysiakini The Federal Court has upheld the finding that two banks were engaged in union-busting activities by ‘promoting’ clerical staff to executives even though they were not given executive powers so that they can be excluded from the National Union of Bank Employees (Nube). The decision by the apex

Court ruling shows banks promote staff to erode union power, says NUBE

By FMT Reporters | Free Malaysia Today The National Union of Bank Employees is happy that all three courts agreed with the union that this was a case of disguised promotion, aimed at depriving staff of NUBE membership. KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) today hailed a

Life, death, and the in between

By Emily Ding, Charis Loke, Ellena Ekarahendy | New Naratif In October 2018—just months after Malaysians voted out the coalition that had been in power since 1957—Liew Vui Keong, the new head of the Legal Affairs Division in the Prime Minister’s Department, announced that the death penalty would be completely

Review common law of scandalising the judiciary

Press Statement | Malaysiakini COMMENT | We are concerned by the conviction and the sentence of 30 days imprisonment and a fine of RM40,000 against Arun Kasi for contempt of court. On April 23, 2019, Arun Kasi was convicted of scandalising the court through two publications – “How a dissenting judgment sparked a

Two of ‘ISA7’ file police report on Hamid Sultan’s affidavit

By Ida Lim | Malay Mail (From left) Rafzan Ramli, Khairul Amal Mahmud, and their lawyers Joshua Tay and Michael Cheah outside the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters February 23, 2019. — Picture by Ida Lim PETALING JAYA, Feb 23 — Two men formerly convicted of illegal assembly while protesting