Tuesday, May 21, 2013

‘Selective prosecution’ condemned

Posted on 20 May 2013 - 10:29pm

PETALING JAYA (May 20, 2013)
: Human Rights Group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has condemned what it claims to be "selective prosecution" against PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA).
Nik Nazmi, who is Seri Setia state assemblyman, was charged on Friday under the PAA for failing to provide police with 10 days' notice for the May 8 "Blackout 505" rally in Kelana Jaya Stadium.
Nik Nazmi was released without bail but faces a fine of up to RM10,000 upon conviction and disqualification as an elected representative if the fine exceeds RM2,000.
Suaram executive director Nalini Elumalai, in a statement said: "Suaram views this selective prosecution against Nik Nazmi as arbitrary and politically motivated and raises serious questions about the political neutrality of the police.
"The right to freedom of assembly is an intrinsic part of the right to freedom of expression which is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international laws and standards," she said.
Meanwhile, Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming, also urged police to stop what he believed was selective persecution of youth leaders and student activists, including Adam Adli Abdul Halim.
"I strongly question the decision to selectively detain Adam Adli, as many prominent leaders have also expressed their unhappiness with the polls and their support for public rallies," said Ong.
Adam Adli was arrested on Saturday and remanded for five days under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948, for allegedly telling a forum on May 13 that Malaysians "cannot wait for five years to overthrow Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN)".
He is also being investigated under Section 124(B) of the Penal Code.
He was echoing similar calls made by Asalkan Bukan Umno founder Haris Ibrahim and political activist Hishammuddin Rais, who also spoke at the forum on democracy and electoral reforms.
"Perhaps the Barisan Nasional government is doing this in the hope of sending a message to young Malaysians to cease involvement in student activism and youth-led grassroots democracy activities," he said.
~ The Sun Daily

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