PRESS STATEMENT : 7 FEBRUARY 2013
EX-ISA DETAINEE BECOMES THE FIRST VICTIM OF SECURITY OFFENCES ACT 2012
Ex-ISA detainee Yazid Sufaat was arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 at the Jalan Duta High Court around 12.30 in the afternoon. Yazid was arrested with his worker Mohd Hilmi Hasim. The arrest was made by a group of police officers from Bukit Aman led by Inspector Mani.
According to the investigating officer, Yazid was detained under Section 4(1) of the same act for allegedly promoting terrorist activities. Yazid was an ISA detainee from December 2001 till December 2008, and now he runs the cafeteria in the court.
Once arrested, Yazid and Hilmi were brought to Yazid’s house at Taman Bukit Ampang. Police searched the house for information. According to SUARAM lawyer Fadia Nadwa Fikri, she was told that police will be holding both of them for 48 hours under the Section 5 of the same act. This section allows police to deny the rights of a suspect to access a lawyer. Police have yet to inform which police station they are bringing Yazid and his worker.
The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 was established in Parliament in July 2012 as a replacement to the famous Internal Security Act (ISA). This act gives great power to police to investigate anyone arbitrarily without producing to court for 28 days. The right to see a lawyer is also denied in this new act. Clause 4(1) of the act also allows gives power to the police to arrest anyone without a warrant.
SUARAM condemns the act of police which definitely are against the human rights pricipals. The right to be produced in court and trialed is a fundamental right of any individual. This right is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution and the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) where the suspect needs to be produced in front of a Magistrate within 24 hours.
Once again, the arrest of Yazid and Hilmi proves that human rights in Malaysia are continued to be violated. While civil societies pressuring the release of the rest of 23 ISA detainees currently, the government continues the coward act by using the Security Offences(Special Measures) Act 2012.
SUARAM calls upon the government to stop the arrest and investigation under this draconian law. SUARAM also urges the government to abolish the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 immediately.