DAP condemns the police for delaying far longer than necessary, the release from detention of DAP Socialist Youth chief and MP for Rasah Teo Kok Seong as well as activists Adam Adli Abdul Halim and Mandeep Singh (e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 15.3.2015.

DAP condemns the police for delaying far longer than necessary, the release from detention of DAP Socialist Youth chief and MP for Rasah Teo Kok Seong as well as activists Adam Adli Abdul Halim and Mandeep Singh, by abusing Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code(CPC) in seeking a four day remand order over their involvement in the #KitaLawan rallies. The magistrate instead issued Teo a one day remand order whilst the other two were given a 3-day remand order.

According to Section 117 (2) CPC, remand order is given by magistrate to detain an accused person based on the maximum punishment for offences being investigated. If the offence under investigation is punishable with imprisonment for less than fourteen (14) years, then the remand shall not be more than four (4) days on the first application, and shall not be more than three (3) days on the second application. On the other hand, if the

offence under investigation is punishable with death or imprisonment for fourteen (14) years or more, the detention shall not be more than seven (7) days on first application and shall not be more than seven (7) days on the second application.

Does the police need to have a 4-day remand order to complete investigations on a peaceful assembly which is considered by the United Nations as a fundamental human right of freedom and not a criminal act? There is no need for detention, the entire process can be completed in less than 24 hours. If a four day remand order is needed for such a simple matter, then the police are just incompetent in conducting investigations. No wonder Malaysia continues to be threatened by rising street crime and unchecked violence.

If the police investigating their cases need a 4 day remand order, then they should be retrained to speed up work and be more productive. Or is this malicious act done deliberately to punish Teo and others by slowing down the investigation process so that he can be detained longer?

The act of handcuffing them like common criminals will not undermine nor defeat their spirit to fight for justice and freedom for the rakyat and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Instead this harsh treatment will anger the rakyat and spur them forward to fight harder to overcome during the next general election, a tired and corrupt regime relying on lies, threats, fears, hate and violence to retain their grip on power.

Teo’s release tomorrow will not be the end but may be merely the beginning of a long court process to punish him with fines or imprisonment that will cause Teo to lose his parliamentary seat of Rasah. DAP will be with him all the way to fight the case in court.

LIM GUAN ENG

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2015年3月15日在吉隆坡发表声明:

行动党谴责警方延长扣留社青团团长兼拉沙区国会议员张聒翔、社运分子阿当阿里及曼迪星,他们滥用刑事法典第117条文,以他们参与“抗争到底(Kita Lawan)”大集会为由,申请庭令以扣留三人四天。地庭只允许警方扣留张聒翔一天、扣留另两人三天。

根据刑事法典117(2)条文,地庭发出扣留令是基于有关受调查人士罪成的最高刑罚。如果受调查案件的刑罚为监禁少于14年,第一次申请的扣留期不得超过四天,第二次申请的扣留期不得超过三天。此外,如果受调查罪行的刑罚为死刑或监禁14年或以上,第一次申请的扣留期不得超过7天,第二次申请的扣留期也不得超过7天。

警方有必要申请四天扣留令来完成针对和平集会的调查工作吗?联合国阐明集会为基本人权、不是刑事罪。当局根本不需要扣留任何人,整个调查工作应当在24小时内完成。如此一项简单事项也需要四天扣留期,这意味着警方的调查工作不够专业。难怪马来西亚的街头罪案、暴力事件继续横行。

如果调查一宗和平集会事件需要四天的扣留令,他们应该接受培训,加快工作速度及生产力。又或者他们刻意拖慢整个调查工作,恶意惩罚张聒翔等人,以便可以延长扣留他?

警方示他们为刑事罪犯,将他们扣上手铐,不会击垮他们的为人民、安华的公义、自由的奋斗精神。他们的严厉举措只会让人民更加生气,激励人们更加努力抗争,在下届大选要他们好看。一个疲惫、贪污的政府需要谎言、威胁、恐惧、仇恨、暴力来维持他们的政权。

张聒翔明天即将获释,但那绝不是一个结束,而可能是一个冗长官司的开始,好让他被判罚款或监禁,最终导致他丧失拉沙区国会议员资格。行动党将在这条诉讼路上一路给予支持。

林冠英

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