PETALING JAYA: A law firm has successfully raised more than RM45,000 to help a Mongolian woman refile a civil action suit against a former police inspector whom she alleged had violated her.
Through a crowdfunding campaign called “Help a Mongolian Victim Get Justice in Malaysia”, the firm managed to raise RM46,500 in a fortnight for Mongolian national Nandine-Erdene Khoskhulug.
Thomas Philip Advocates and Solicitors (Thomas Philip) said from the funds raised, Khoskhulug can continue her fight for justice by refiling her civil action against former police inspector Hazrul Hizham Ghazali.
The law firm kickstarted the campaign on local crowdfunding platform PitchIN.
From the funds raised, RM6,500 has been allocated to meet the costs to the former police inspector for Khoskhulug previously being unable to show that she could afford to sustain the civil action.
The remainder of the funds will either be used to meet any future security for cost application that may arise with the refiling of the case, or donated to the Malaysia Mongolia Friendship Society.
Thomas Philip founder and managing partner Mathew Thomas Philip said the firm is extremely grateful for the overwhelming support from the public since the campaign was launched.
“Many of our other clients and friends have also sent in donations directly to our firm along with messages of encouragement, which have definitely strengthened our determination to obtain justice for Khoskhulug.
“With sufficient funds in place, we can now proceed with the next step for our client.
“We are reviewing and weighing our options to ensure that Khoskhulug is fully compensated for the physical, psychological and emotional trauma that she has had to endure over the past few months, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 2).
Khoskhulug said she is truly thankful to every single person who contributed, allowing her to continue her civil claim.
“Despite the difficulties that I am facing, the immense support I received in the past two weeks has lifted my spirits and given me the strength to fight for what is right and fair, ” she said.
Thomas Philip said it will either have the case reinstated in the High Court through an appeal process or refile the case in the High Court and pay the costs of previous proceedings.
The law firm noted that there are “important legal issues that merit the matter being ventilated in the High Court as the originating court, instead of the Sessions Court".
It said it is also awaiting a pending decision before the High Court on the matter of security of costs for their other client who had also allegedly fallen victim to Hazrul, which is due for a decision on March 3.
In April last year, Khoskhulug filed a civil action suit in the Kuala Lumpur High Court seeking declarations that she was unlawfully detained and raped by Hazrul during the initial movement control order, as well as other damages.
The High Court recently struck off the civil action filed against Hazrul when Khoskhulug failed to make payment of RM70,000 in "security for costs".
The next case management for the appeal against the "security for costs" application has been fixed for March 2.
The firm, which is representing Khoskhulug on a pro bono basis, said she was housed at a gazetted shelter for potential trafficked victims during the filing of her suit.
Khoskhulug has since returned to Mongolia and is struggling to raise the required funds because of the Covid-19 pandemic and social stigma.
However, she refuses to give up on her civil claim and wants to prove her case and clear her name.