Subject: Malaysian court date in suit vs. police for 1996 APCET conference


April 19, 2005 10:12pm

KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 (Bernama) -- The High Court today fixed five days from July 25 to hear the RM87 million suit filed by 33 participants of the Asia Pacific Conference On East Timor 11 (APCET) in 1996 against the police who they said had illegally detained them.

Justice Datuk Azmel Ma'amor, who was expected to hear the suit today, set the date in his chambers.

Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Mary Lim told reporters that the judge had asked counsel representing the 33 participants to prepare witnesses' evidence and send it to the court two weeks before the hearing begins.

Among the 33 plantiffs are Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice president Dr Sanusi Othman, deputy president Dr Syed Hussein Ali, information chief Chua Tian Chang, Malaysiakini chief executive officer J. Premesh Chandran and Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamad.

In the suit filed on Nov 9, 1998, they named former Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Ismail Che' Ros, former Dang Wangi OCPD Zainal Abidin Ali, investigations officer Chief Insp Tengku Hamzah Tengku Abdullah and the Malaysian government as defendants.

In the statement of claim, the plaintiffs said the police had not followed the law in issuing a remand order on them.

They said the police detained them while trying to disperse a group of people who called themselves Barisan Bertindak Rakyat Malaysia who caused a disturbance when the conference was taking place.

They also said that the police had failed and were careless in their attempt to put the situation under control and stop the commotion.

The police and government, in their defence, denied this and said that they had taken immediate steps to stem the chaos.

Copyright © 2005 Bernama - Malaysian National News Agency Source: Financial Times Information

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