Bebaskan Remaja Bawah Umur (Ang Kian Kok) daripada Akta Pencegahan Jenayah (POCA)

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) amat kesal dengan tindakan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM), IPD Klang Utara khususnya kerana telah menahan dan menyiksa seorang remaja bawah umur (Ang Kian Kok , No IC:010126-10-0787, Tarikh Lahir: 26 Januari 2001) di bawah Akta Pencegahan Jenayah (POCA) pada 13 September 2017 lalu. Ang, yang tidak mempunyai sebarang rekod jenayah lampau telah di reman selama 60 hari di bawah akta yang di peruntukkan bagi penjenayah tegar, sehingga 10 November 2017.

Penahanan Ang bermula pada Pada 6 Februari 2017 lalu, di mana dia telah ditahan bersama Balamurugan dan beberapa yang lain oleh pegawai polis dari IPD Klang Utara bagi siasatan kes samun kereta. Di dalam tahanan IPD Klang Utara mereka telah mengalami seksaan dan Balamurugan dilaporkan telah dipukul dengan teruk dan terpaksa dipapah semasa mengambil reman di Mahkamah Klang pada 7 Februari. Walaupun Majistret telah memberikan arahan bagi memberi rawatan kepada Balamurugan, pihak polis telah mengingkari arahan ini dan akhirnya menyebabkan Balamurugan meninggal dunia dalam tahanan.

Ang Kian Kok menyaksikan penyeksaan yang berlaku ke atas Balamurugan semasa dalam tahanan, di mana beliau juga turut sama di dera; pegawai polis telah menumbuk dan menendang beliau semasa sesi soal siasat. Individu lain yang ditahan bersama Ang mendakwa mereka digantung secara terbalik dan dipukul dengan batang buluh dan hos paip. Selepas kematian Balamurugan, kesemua mereka telah di reman secara berantai selama 19 hari berturut-turut bermula 7 Februari 2017 sehingga 25 Februari. Susulan penahanan; seksaan dan reman berantai, ancaman dan gangguan masih lagi tidak berakhir dan masih berterusan oleh pihak polis IPD Klang Utara. Mereka telah mengganggu dengan kerap kali datang ke rumah keluarga Ang dan mengugut untuk menangkap semula dan pelbagai lagi gangguan. Ia berterusan sehinggalah Ang ditahan di bawah POCA pada 13 September lalu.

Tekanan dan gangguan kepada Ang turut di rasai oleh keluarga yang turut sama terseksa dengan tindakan polis. Ibu bapa Ang yang masing-masing bekerja dengan pendapatan tidak menentu, perlu menampung 4 orang anak yang masih bersekolah. Ang Kian Kok yang telah berhenti dari persekolahan sejak tingkatan 2 untuk membantu keluarga, tidak lagi dapat bekerja dan pendapatan keluarga mereka sangat terjejas. Kini, adik Ang yang berumur 15 tahun perlu turut bekerja bagi menampung keperluan keluarga. SUARAM ingin menuntut agar Ang Kian Kok dibebaskan daripada POCA dan diberi peluang untuk menjalani kahidupan seperti remaja lain, dan bukannya di dalam sistem yang diperntukkan untuk penjenayah tegar.

 

Dalam Solidarity,
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

 

Salah Guna Kuasa Polis : Penangkapan Berantai (tukar gari) dan Penyiksaan Dalam Tahanan Tanpa Bicara Selama 27 Hari.

Polis semalam (13 Jun 2017) telah menahan Thuraisinggham A/L Loganathan di bawah Akta Pencegahan Jenayah 1959 (POCA) selepas ditangkap secara berulang sebanyak tujuh kali selama 26 hari. Beliau telah ditahan secara berturut-turut di IPD Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Gombak, Sungai Buloh, Brickfield dan Dang Wangi. Selain penangkapan sewenang-wenangnya yang bercanggah dengan hak asasi manusia, beliau juga memaklumkan keluarga bahawa penyiksaan turut berlaku ke atas beliau, di mana beliau melaporkan bahawa dia telah dipukul oleh orang tahanan lain dibawah arahan pihak polis dan dipaksa mengaku bersalah terhadap tuduhan yang dikemukkan terhadap beliau.  Sepanjang masa tahanan beliau, keluarga beliau juga tidak diberikan sebarang maklumat kepada keluarga tentang penyiasatan dan penangkapan mangsa dan membiarkan mereka bingung dan risau dengan keadaan beliau.

Dari 25 Mei 2017 hingga hari ini, empat daripada tujuh reman yang diminta oleh pihak polis telah ditolak, namun penangkapan berantai masih lagi dilakukan berkali-kali. Ini merupakan satu pencabulan hak dan undang-undang di bawah Kanun Prosedur Jenayah  ( AKTA 593 ). Selain dari itu, penyiksaan fizikal dan mental terhadap tahanan yang di reman selama hampir sebulan tanpa bicara menunjukkan sikap tidak bertanggungjawab pihak polis dalam mengendalikan kes. Selepas kejadian kematian dan siksaan yang berlaku ke atas P. Balamurugan baru-baru ini, jelas kerajaan tidak mengambil iktibar. Ternyata siksaan masih lagi berlaku terhadap rakyat malaysia semasa di dalam tahanan

Thuraisinggham kini ditahan di bawah POCA dan masuk hari pertama beliau dalam tahanan POCA. Sampai sekarang, keluarga masih lagi belum dibenarkan berjumpa dengan beliau. Keluarga bagi pihak Thuraisinggham telahpun melakukan laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (SUHAKAM) dan laporan polis ke atas siksaan dan penangkapan berantai yang dilakukan pihak polis.

SUARAM mengecam tindakan pihak polis yang jelas mencabuli hak asasi manusia dan menyalahi prosedur undang-undang yang tertakhluk dalam Kanun Prosedur Jenayah. SUARAM sekeras-kerasnya mengutuk sebarang penyiksaan dan penganiayaan ke atas tahanan dan menyeru agar Thuraisinggham dan tahanan lain dibebaskan dari tahanan POCA dan diberikan peluang untuk dibacarakan dalam mahkamah secara adil.

Sevan Doraisamy
Pengarah Eksekutif
Suara Rakyat Malaysia

 

Siti Noor Aishah Re-Arrested

Siti Noor Aishah Re-Arrested

On 27 March 2017, SUARAM was notified that Siti Noor Aishah, the research student at University Malaya who was previously detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) for possession of 12 ‘illegal’ books. After her release on 29th September 2016, she was re-arrested under Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA). After her 60 days detention under POCA, Siti Noor Aishah has been sentence to house arrest with an electronic monitoring device (EMD) attached to her.

Despite the repeated failure by the police and the attorney general chamber in establishing a case against Siti Noor Aishah, the attorney general chamber appealed the High Court’s decision to discharge Siti Noor Aishah. Following her hearing at the Court of Appeal this morning, Siti was re-arrested and returned to detention under SOSMA pending the continuation of her trial at high court.

SUARAM strongly condemn the use of laws such as SOSMA that provides detention without trial. To date, Siti’s detention remain one of the most deplorable use of SOSMA and POCA. With no clear evidence against her, the repeated attempt to deprive Siti of her freedom through unscrupulous means can only be described as abuse of power and a gross human rights violations.

The fact that Siti Noor Aishah is already sentenced to house arrest with EMD under POCA and the finding by the High Court judge stands in her favour, it is abundantly clear that there is no need for her to continue her detention under SOSMA while her case proceeds to full trial. On this note, SUARAM calls on the Attorney General Chambers to rescind its stance on the matter and allow Siti to be released from SOSMA detention.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

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Misinformed Minister or Minister Ignorant of Issues under Portfolio?

For Immediate Release
13 July 2016

SUARAM is surprised by Deputy Home Minister, Nur Jazlan’s views suggesting that Malaysia adopts a ‘soft’ legal approach in addressing the issue of terrorism and shocked by his belief that torture has not been used against alleged terror suspects in Malaysia.

SUARAM has documented countless cases and incidents where torture was used as the primary means to extract a confession or to coerce a false confession from suspects that were arrested on suspicion of committing an offence. The practice of violence also extends to alleged terror suspects and such incidents have been thoroughly documented and reported by SUARAM throughout the years. The families of the victims of torture has also filed their respective report to SUHAKAM and other relevant agencies for investigations.

Further, contrary to the view that Malaysia’s law on terrorism is soft, the provision that enables detention without trial such as the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Prevention of Crime Act 1959 and Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 makes it abundantly clear that our laws are not ‘soft’ as described. The application of different type of ‘preventive’ laws on a suspect for the same offence makes the existing laws that are already uncompromising no better than the practices of Guantanamo Bay.

The minister’s ignorance on these issues and the inability to understand the concept of ‘soft’ legal approach against terrorism would suggests that the minister would require further sensitization on the issues under his portfolio. Failure to be up-to-date on these crucial issue may very well put the safety and security of Malaysia in jeopardy.

In Solidarity

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

Re-establishing ISA through POCA

For Immediate Release
12 July 2016

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the blatant abuse of police power in Dato’ R. Sri Sanjeevan’s arrests and calls for his immediate release.

Sanjeevan who is well known for his contribution as chairperson of MyWatch was first arrested on 22nd June 2016 following an allegation that he extorted money from a gambling den operator[1]. After the conclusion of his first remand, he has been subjected to a series of chain remand with the courts rejecting the final 3 remand applications put forth by the Royal Malaysian police.

At the conclusion of his 8th remand where the police failed to secure an extension for his remand, he was subjected to detention under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA). He has now begun the first 21 days of remand under POCA. Even before the conclusion of the 21 days, Bukit Aman D7 principal assistant director, Roslee Chik has divulged that the police will detain Sanjeevan under POCA for the full 60 days’ period[2].

If there is sufficient evidence against the said individual, there is no reason why the Royal Malaysian Police needs to subject a person under chain remand or detain a person under POCA as they can forward the case to the attorney general’s chamber for criminal prosecution. The abuse of law and the use of laws that permit detention without trial implies that the police have insufficient evidence to push for prosecute but still seek to punish the individual.

The latest case against Sanjeevan under POCA makes it clear that the Royal Malaysian Police utilize laws such as POCA to allow them to act with absolute impunity and serve as the judge, jury and executioner. Further the use of draconian provisions such as POCA against individuals that has clear history of being a part of civil societies makes it clear that POCA can be and will be abused like Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012. The use of POCA in such a manner effectively reintroduced ISA into the civil and political discourse in Malaysia and this dangerous trend must not be allowed to continue.

In these trying times where Malaysia is subjected to threats from terrorism, the Royal Malaysian Police must not tarnish their image in such a manner as it would weaken public trust and jeopardize the safety and interest of the public. On this note, SUARAM strongly condemn this unconscionable behaviour displayed by the Royal Malaysian Police and demand for Sanjeevan to be released immediately.

SUARAM also reiterate the call for the abolition of all laws permitting detention without trial including but not limited to the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Prevention of Crime Act 1959, Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 and Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) 1984.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

[1] http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/06/23/ngo-chief-under-remand/

[2] http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1892443