Lawyers, activist win suit against govt over arrest
2013-07-10 18:19KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- Five human rights lawyers and an activist today won their suit against the police and the Government over their arrest, detention and malicious prosecution during a walk to mark World Human Rights Day on Dec 9, 2007.
The court awarded R. Sivarasa, N. Surendran, Latheefa Beebi Koya, Eric Paulsen, Amer Hamzah Arshad and activist Johny Andu @ Abu Bakar Adnan each with RM10,000 in damages, and ordered the defendants to pay a total of RM60,000 in costs to all the plaintiffs.
On Dec 8, 2010, they filed a civil suit against then-Dang Wangi police deputy chief Superintendent Che Hamzah Che Ismail, inspector-general of police, home ministry and the government over their arrest, detention and prosecution.
In allowing their claim, High Court judge Datuk John Louis O'hara held that their arrests and detention by the defendants were unlawful.
O'hara said he had the opportunity to view the video and photographs taken from what transpired and took place during the incident.