Lawyer sues for unlawful detention

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  • Sunday, 09 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer filed a suit against 11 police officers, claiming that his arrest and detention were unlawful and an abuse of power by the police. 

P. Uthayakumar's writ of summons was filed at the Civil High Court Registrar's Office at Wisma Denmark here yesterday. 

This is the second suit filed by Uthayakumar over his arrest and detention by the police. 

On Feb 18, he filed a suit against eight defendants – Selangor OCCI Senior Asst Comm (II) Abu Bakar Mustafa, Deputy Supt Amidon Adnan, Asst Supt Muniandy Ramasamy, C/Insp Mohd Agmi Abdul Wahab, C/Insp Ponniah Ganesan, the police force, the Public Prosecutor and the Government – seeking a declaration that his arrest and detention on Jan 16 and 17 were unlawful. 

Among the defendants named in his latest suit are Kuala Lumpur CPO Datuk Dell Akbar Khan, Selangor CPO Datuk Mohd Noor Hamat, former Kuala Lumpur CPO Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Syed Abdul Kadir and former Sentul OCPD Asst Comm Ishak Abdul Aziz. 

Uthayakumar, who is seeking several court orders and declarations, is claiming for, among others, special damages, general damages, exemplary damages, aggravated damages and damages for loss of reputation and loss of business as a result of the unlawful arrest, detention and malicious prosecution. 

He is also seeking a declaration that his second arrest by Sentul police and his third arrest by Dang Wangi police were illegal and null and void. 

In his statement of claim, Uthayakumar is also asking for a court order to bar the defendants from further unlawfully arresting and/or unlawfully detaining and/or unlawfully harassing him. – Bernama  

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