Teresa Kok vs Home Minister: Feb 4 court date

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  • Monday, 02 Nov 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set Feb 4 next year for case management of the suit filed by Seputeh Member of Parliament Teresa Kok Suh Sim against the former Home Minister and three others for wrongful detention and false imprisonment under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Deputy registrar Nazri Ismail set the date in his chambers after meeting Kok’s lawyer Sankara Nair and Senior Federal Counsel Lailawati Ali, who acted for the defendants.

Kok has named former Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, Special branch senior officer DSP E Kim Tien and the Malaysian Government as defendants.

Sankara had filed the suit on her behalf at the High Court civil registry on March 13.

In her statement of claim, Kok said the defendants and/ or their agents had forcibly and in a dangerous manner effected her arrest at the entrance gate of her house in Jalan Awan Cina here at 11.15pm on Sept 12 last year.

She claimed that she was not given an opportunity to contact her family or lawyers despite repeated pleas.

Kok said she was not informed as to the place of detention but was taken to the Wangsa Maju police station without her consent where she was kept under unlawful detention for about two and a half hours.

The next day, Kok said she was informed by DSP Kim that she was being detained under Section 73(1) of the ISA 1960.

Kok said she was continually kept under detention in a “certain secret place of detention-without-trial” from Sept 12 to Sept 19 last year.

She claimed that she was continually held in solitary confinement and was deprived of all her constitutional rights.

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

She is also asking for other relief deemed fit by the court.

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