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ATTORNEY URGENT  ALERT

 

MALAYSIA

7 May 2009

They had asked to meet the detainees and were denied access to them by the police

 kllac

Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Murnie Hidayah Anuar, Puspawati Rosman, Ravinder Singh Dhalilwal and Syuhaini Safwan

Lawyers from the Kuala Lumpur Bar Council Legal Aid Centre

arrested

after they went to the police station to meet those who were detained

 

UPDATE : The five lawyers, were released on police bail .

They are not expected to face charges after the police announced the bail ended today.

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Source : OMCT

 

 


On 7 May, police arrested 15 people for illegal assembly a candlelight vigil in front of the Brickfields police station. The vigil was held in support of political scientist and activist Wong Chin Huat, who was arrested from 5 to 8 May for alleged sedition.

Lawyers from the Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre — Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Murnie Hidayah Anuar, Puspawati Rosman, Ravinder Singh Dhalilwal and Syuhaini Safwan — were arrested after they went to the police station to meet those who were detained for holding the vigil.

The lawyers were arrested after they had asked to meet the detainees and were denied access to them by the police.

At a press conference held at the Bar Council auditorium at 2.30 p.m, the President announced that the five lawyers were in the process of being released.

The 20 were released on police bail the next day and were asked to report to the police station at 10am on 22 May.
About 150 lawyers gathered at the Jalan Duta Court Complex at 10 a.m. in support of the five detained KLLAC lawyers.  At the gathering, Ragunath Kesavan, President of the Malaysian Bar, announced that an EGM will be called very soon to discuss the issue of lawyers being arrested in the course of carrying out their professional duties.   

The Bar Council held an extraordinary general meeting on 15 May in response to the incident and plans to sue the government for the unlawful detention of the five lawyers and for denying them access to detainees.

 

Urgent action needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests of 5 lawyers and other Individuals and the ongoing denial of rights of expression.

Please also demand the Malaysian government for the immediate and unconditional release of all activists.


 

Please take action on behalf of   Filiz Kalayci.

Copy the enclosed letter and send it to the address provided.

 

ADRESSES: 

Prime Minister,

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak,

Prime Minister's Office,
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62502 Putrajaya, MALAYSIA
Tel: 603-8888 8000
Fax: 603-8888 3444

E-Mail: ppm@pmo.gov.my

 

LETTRE: 

 

[your name here]

 

Your Excellency,

 

Dear Sir,

 

Re: Release 5,lawyers and other Individuals Arrested during Two Separate Vigils

 

We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and our strongest  condemnation over your government’s ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression.

 

We are appalled by your government and the police’s latest actions and view  this as yet another attempt by your government to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their freedom to express their views.

 

We demand that the 5,lawyers and other Individuals Arrested should be released immediately and unconditionally. We further demand that your government stops the assault on freedom of expression.

 

We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We would like to remind you that freedom of expression and assembly is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

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PLEASE ACT NOW.

THANK YOU.

 

 

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