Detention Without Trial Remains in Malaysia

SOSMA (Security Offences Special Measures Act 2012)

11 people were arrested for allegedly plotting terror attacks, and were not allowed to meet family members or legal counsel for more than a week after they were detained.

Syukri Razab from SUARAM said: ”There are family members who weren’t informed their relatives were arrested and only after eight days got to meet those arrested, even though SOSMA (the Security Offences Special Measures Act 2012) states police can delay access to legal counsel and families for up to 48 hours.”

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Rights group SUARAM said 11 people arrested for allegedly plotting terror attacks were not allowed to meet family members or legal counsel for more than a week after they were detained.

Security Offences Act violates human rights, says Suaram

Sosma detainees denied laywers, says Suaram

It said that a lawyer provided by the NGO was not informed that one of the detainees was to be charged, and when asked, police concealed information on the charging of two others under Sosma


 

PCA (Prevention of Crime Act 2013)

ISA is back under the PCA amendments

“It allows two years detention without trial and disallows detainees the right to seek for judicial review except on procedural matters.

Since the PCA 2013 was enforced last April 2, more than 130 people have been detained without trial.

Under the PCA, a 3-member Prevention of Crime Board would be formed, consisting of a senior-ranking judges as the chairman and two other members. The board is empowered to issue a detention order on grounds that “a person has committed two or more serious offences, whether or not he is convicted thereof, if the report finds sufficient evidence to support such finding”.

Home Minister refuses to reveal the names of members of the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) board and the number of people detained under the law.

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