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‘Judiciary must be more vigilant’
Lawyers for Liberty has called on the judiciary to be more vigilant and serious on issues involving custodial deaths and police shootings.
PETALING JAYA: Lawyers for Liberty called on the judiciary to take more seriously to issues pertaining state violence especially custodial deaths and police shootings, which can be deemed as abuse of police powers.
The call was made in view of the recent Courts of Appeal decision which reaffirmed Corporal Jenain Subi’s acquittal of killing 15-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah in April 2010.
Eric lamented that “the court’s support for trigger happy police does not make Malaysia any safer; because any person fleeing from the police can be shot and if he is wrongly killed, the police can claim as a mistake or accidental death.”
He said the judiciary must demand that the police act according to established legal and policing standards that only allow the use of deadly force when absolutely necessary.
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High Court judge Datuk V. T. Singham commended human rights lawyer N. Surendran who brought up this case and helped pursue a second postmortem which later showed abuse.
ANOTHER VICTORY FOR JUSTICE!
After 30 long years of waiting, 70-year-old S Letchumy received good news from the National Registration Department (NRD) today, by way of a certificate confirming her as a Malaysian citizen.
Besides Letchumy, 70, who hails from Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, her two daughters K Mala, 35, and K Sarojini, 33, also received their citizenship certificates from the NRD.
The three said they have all these years been denied citizenship by the government. As a result, they named the NRD director-general, the Home Ministry and the government as respondents in their judicial review case filed on Dec 10, 2012.
Their application is based on Article 14 of the federal constitution on the acquisition of citizenship.
Their lawyer, Latheefa Koya, who is a co-founder of Lawyers for Liberty, accompanied them to Putrajaya today to collect their citizenship papers.