Court maintains damages awarded to Teresa Kok

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Court has upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision in awarding RM350,000 compensation to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok Suh Sim over her wrongful arrest nine years ago.

In dismissing the application for leave to appeal by the Government, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Justice Richard Malanjum ruled that there was no merit in the application.

“The law is settled. We dismiss the application,” he said in a unanimous decision by a three-man panel which he chaired yesterday.

Other members of the panel were Justices Hassan Lah and Balia Yusof Wahi.

When contacted, Kok’s lawyer S.N. Nair said that the panel dismissed the application with a RM10,000 cost.

“That means the damages awarded by the Court of Appeal to my client was maintained,” he said.

On July 26 last year, the Court of Appeal ruled that Kok was wrongfully arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 2008.

Panel chairman Justice Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim granted her RM350,000 in damages over the wrongful arrest and detention.

On March 13, 2009, Kok filed the suit against former Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, DSP E Kim Tien and the Government.

Kok sought, among others, damages for wrongful arrest and detention, pain and suffering and mental stress and general and special damages.

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