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Human Rights March in Malaysia – 5 lawyers arrested

December 10th, 2007 · No Comments

I received 2 SMSs from lawyer friends just now inviting lawyers in Malaysia to gather in front of the police station to hold a vigil candle to support 5 lawyers who were arrested by the police yesterday morning.

I was so shock when hearing this….immediately I called up one of the lawyer friend in Penang and find out what had happened.

She told me that the council’s human rights committee chairperson Edmund Bon was arrested due to prohibiting DBKL from removing the banners from the Bar Council’s building. I can feel her anger and upset on the other site.

Based on, there were 600 people gathering yesterday morning in front of Sogo preparing to march to Centre Market to celebrate this Human Rights Day. In fact, the real number of marchers was only about 100, that means 500 of them were police.

At last, 8 of the marchers were arrested, among them 4 were lawyers.

As usual, I believe videos always speak better than words. You should just have to witness yourself:

(source: Malaysiakini)

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

I don’t know why the author of this video has disable the code embedding request in youtube for the real arresting scene, when the police said the organisers were under arrest. However, you may still see it by going to this link

(Part 3)

(Part 4)

(Interview of the Human Rights Marchers)

Hindraf lawyers had filed a RM85 million suit against the police for unlawful arrest and Malaysian Bar will decide if they want to proceed to sue the police and DBKL tomorrow. If they really do, don’t know how much is the compensation will be plead.

It is apperent that the 4 lawyers involved in the march may be charged for illegal assembly but I really can’t think of what ground they can charge Edmund Bon for. Perhaps, you could enlighten me.

Tags: Malaysian Law News

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