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.