Friday, January 30, 2015

Court rejects Putrajaya’s claims against Bersih’s 2012 rally

BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

Members of electoral reforms group Bersih pose for photographs with their lawyers and former Bersih co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (centre) after the court session today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in Jalan Duta. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Mukhriz Hazim, January 30, 2015.

Members of electoral reforms group Bersih pose for photographs with their lawyers and former Bersih co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (centre) after the court session today at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in Jalan Duta. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Mukhriz Hazim, January 30, 2015.
The High Court has dismissed the federal government's claims against electoral reforms group Bersih for damage to properties during its 2012 rally in Kuala Lumpur, saying Putrajaya was unable to prove on the balance of probability.
Judge John Louis O' Hara announced the decision in an oral judgment today.
In May 2012, Putrajaya took the unprecedented step of suing then Bersih co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and the group's steering committee members, as rally organisers, for damages of RM122,000.
“The plaintiff (government) charges that the defendants failed to carry out their statutory responsibility when the assembly went out of control and turned into a riot, causing damage to the vehicles, mostly belonging to the police and repair cost amounted to RM122,000," said the suit.
The government filed its suit against Ambiga under Section 6 (2) (G) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 which states that organisers must “ensure that the assembly will not endanger health or cause damage to property or the environment”.
But in June 2012, Ambiga filed a counter suit against Putrajaya, alleging that the government had breached her constitutional rights.
Among other things, the former Bar Council chair charged that the PAA was against the Federal Constitution, particularly Section 6 which she said restricted her right to freedom of assembly. – January 30, 2015
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/court-rejects-putrajayas-claims-against-bersihs-2012-rally#sthash.yHDHsW0X.dpuf

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