18 February 2019
In 2016, when Maria filed her suit, the IGP was Khalid, the Home Minister was Zahid, and the government was Najib’s BN Government.
Today, in 2019, the IGP is Fuzi, the Home Minister is Muhyiddin, and it is a PH government.
KUALA LUMPUR: A suit brought by former Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the Home Minister and the government over her wrongful detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 in 2016, was today settled amicably.
Counsel Datuk Gurdial Singh Nijar who represented Maria, 63, said all parties have agreed to resolve the dispute after the three defendants agreed to pay RM25,000 in damages and RM5,000 in costs to his client.
He said the settlement was also reached without admission of liability.
“The case has been settled today with the government agreeing to pay RM25,000 in damages and RM5,000 in costs.
“Although the amount is not that high, Maria has brought this case based on her principles as this is a persecution against her because Sosma is actually an Act brought against terrorists.
“She was a Bersih chairperson but was detained and had to go through the procedures provided by the Act. Hence, she filed the suit,” he said, adding that Maria feels vindicated for the settlement.
The consent judgement was recorded by High Court judge Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad in chambers.
Also present during the chamber matter was senior federal counsel Kamal Azira Hassan who acted for the IGP, Home Minister and the government.
20 December 2018
Petaling Jaya lawmaker Maria Chin Abdullah has sued the government over her 10-day detention prior to the Bersih 5 rally in 2016.
Maria, who was then Bersih chairperson, claimed that her incarceration under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 was unlawful.
She also named the inspector-general of police and home minister as defendants in the suit filed in August by Messrs Daim and Gamany.
KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah is seeking damages from the government and police over her detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 two years ago.
In her suit filed on Aug 6, the former Bersih 2.0 chief claimed that her 10-day detention, from Nov 18 to 28, 2016 was not justified under the law.
Maria was arrested on the eve of the Bersih 5.0 rally that year, which was to demand the then Barisan Nasional government to investgate Najib Razak over the transaction of some RM2.6 billion into his personal bank account.
She said while under detention, the police questioned her on Bersih’s links with 1MDB, her association with Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown as well as to provide details of Bersih’s finances.
he said police not state reasons when she was accused of violating the security law.
She added that she was kept in a solitary confinement and denied access to medical treatment.
Meanwhile, in their defence statement, the police and government said Maria’s arrest was based on police reports that urged the authorities to take action against those who threatened peace and stability.
They also said they had explained to Maria on the grounds of her arrest.
“The detention was not malicious and not due to political reasons,” they said.
The High Court has set Jan 16, 2019 for the next case mention for Maria and the government to file trial documents.