Teresa Kok files suit over detention under ISA

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 14 Mar 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Seputeh MP Teresa Kok Suh Sim has filed a suit against the Home Minister and three others for alleged unlawful arrest and false imprisonment under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Kok has named Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, Special Branch senior officer Deputy Supt E Kim Tien and the Malaysian Government as defendants.

Her lawyer, S.N. Nair, filed the suit on her behalf at the High Court civil registry yesterday.

“The way my client was arrested and interrogated was not right. All her constitutional rights – to call her family and her lawyer – were denied.

“No communication was allowed. All of us were left in the dark. It was only by chance that we knew about her arrest more than two hours later,” Nair told reporters after the filing yesterday.

In her statement of claim, Kok said the defendants or their agents had forcibly, and in a dangerous manner, arrested her in front of her house in Jalan Awan Cina here on Sept 12.

Kok said she was not told where she would be detained, but was taken to the Wangsa Maju police station and was held there for about two and a half hours.

The next day, Kok said DSP Kim informed her that she was being detained under Section 73(1) of the ISA.

Kok said she was kept under detention at an undisclosed place without trial until Sept 19.

Among other things, Kok is seeking damages for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, pain, suffering and mental anguish.

Speaking to reporters later, Kok said she initiated the legal suit as her arrest was baseless.

“I am a wakil rakyat. I have official duties to carry out.

“I have waited for half a year for the police and the Government to give an explanation but they did not respond to the letter of demand issued by my lawyer,” she added.

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