DAP hails dropping of charges against 12

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2020

GEORGE TOWN: DAP has welcomed the dropping of charges against its members and says the party condemns terrorism.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said: “We reaffirm our commitment to effect political change through peaceful, non-violent and democratic means and to eschew any resort to any violence or any form of terrorism.”

In a statement yesterday, he said the decision of Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas to discontinue prosecution proceedings against the 12 persons for alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was most welcome.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister ll Dr P. Ramasamy said the dropping of the charges was good news.

“This confirms our opinion that the 12 are innocent. They should not have been detained in the first place. We will wait for their release, ” he said.

Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said the announcement was a “sound one”, considering that it could not be said that any of the 12 had committed acts of terrorism.

“It would be near impossible for the prosecution to prove the charges, which is what the defence has been contending all along.

“The AG must be commended for having the courage to recognise the fact that the said charges are weak at best and to decide to discontinue proceedings against the said 12, which is entirely at his discretion.

“The Prime Minister said the rule of law is of the utmost importance and I am of the view that it has been observed in this case.

“What needs to be done now is to produce all of the said 12 in court for the purpose of withdrawing the charges against them, after which they will be acquitted of the same and immediately released.

“As the said charges are going to be withdrawn, I urge the AG to make the necessary arrangements for the said 12 to be produced in court this Monday for the said purpose.

“There is no longer any reason to hold them any longer than is necessary, ” he said.

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