Court acquits 31 ‘extremist militants’ after PM being seen going ‘Flip-Flopping’, again

The Shah Alam court this morning acquitted the 31 Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) supporters initially charged for attempting murder to a Policeman at the demonstrations which turned violent on the night of 24 November 2007 in Batu Caves.

Bernama.com has the report:

December 17, 2007 13:50 PM

Court Acquits 31 People Charged With Murder

SHAH ALAM, Dec 17 (Bernama) — The Sessions Court here today acquitted and discharged 31 people charged with attempting to murder a police officer during an illegal assembly organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) in front of the Sri Subramaniar temple in Batu Caves, near here, on Nov 25.Judge Nursinah Adzmi made the decision after allowing the application by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to withdraw the charges against them.

Prior to this, all the 31 claimed trial to a number of charges, including attempted murder under Section 149/307 of the Penal Code.

However, out of the 31, only six including five college students were acquitted and discharged of all charges while the rest are still facing other charges.

The six are L. Thiyagarajan, 31, K. Thinagaranpillay, 23, A. Vasantarao, 19, S. Ramesh Kumar, 22, S. Mugilan Dever, 20, and G. Suman, 20.

Of the remaining 25, 16 changed their plea to guilty to the charge of causing damage to seven cars and two gates of the temple under Section 149/440 of the Penal Code.

Eight of the 25 also changed their plea to being in an illegal assembly under Section 27 (5) (a) of the Police Act 1967 while another accused, to an alternative charge of displaying criminal force to put fear into the police officers during the illegal assembly.

During the court proceeding which ended at 1pm, the judge fixed Dec 27 to hear the facts of the cases and for sentencing.

Nursinah also allowed them to be freed on bail of RM500 each in one surety.

The decision brought relief to their families who filled the courtroom since morning.

Lawyer, K. Ragunath on behalf of the defence, thanked the court and Attorney-General for dropping the attempted murder charges on all the accused and to acquit and free the five students of all charges.

— BERNAMA

This news shall be received adversely by many quarters as they see the ‘Flip-Flop’ Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi turned soft and ‘conveniently forgiving’, despite so many parties, including within UMNO leaders and NGOs representing a wide spectrum of the rakyat, vehemently made calls for stern and decisive actions be taken against people deemed ‘extremist militants’ and ‘guilty of high treason’.

The principle of the ‘Rule of Law’ must be observed and practiced, to give confidence to everyone that they are protected under the Constitution and no one shall have any veil or exception of this rule, even when their representatives go pleading to the Prime Minister.

*An update as of 10.05pm, Monday 17 December 2007

The party that represent the ethnic Indian communities in the 14 party coalition Barisan Nasional Government, the MIC today responded positively and with deep gratitude that the Attorney General withdrew the charges on the “HINDRAF 31” and they can be acquitted from ‘attempting to murder a Policeman on duty’, on the night of 24 Novemebr 2007 at the Sri Subramaniam temple in Batu Caves, Selangor.

‘Flip-Flop’ Prime Minister Abdullah has been described by MIC President Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu as “showing compassion” for the plight of the families of the “HINDRAF 31”.

Bernama.com has the story tonight:

December 17, 2007 20:05 PM

MIC Thanks Govt Over Acquittal Of 31 Of Attempted Murder E-mail this news to a friend Printable version of this news

 

 

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 17 (Bernama) — MIC today thanked the government over the acquittal and discharge of 31 people charged with attempting to murder a police officer during an illegal assembly in front of the Sri Subramaniar temple in Batu Caves, near here, on Nov 25.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had shown compassion towards the families of those detained by asking Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to consider their appeals.

“MIC appreciates efforts by the government to lighten the burden of the families by showing its concern and being accountable to all races,” he said in a statement here today.

The MIC president said he was also happy because the court had acquitted and discharged many of them of all charges while the rest were released on bail.

“The Barisan Nasional government has shown compassion towards the sufferings and anguish of the families and parents of those detained. Those involved should return to society and live as responsible and law-abiding citizens.

“MIC will continue to safeguard the interests of the Indian community to ensure a better future for them,” said Samy Vellu who is also the Works Minister.

— BERNAMA

 

The question now is how does the Malaysian public and the rest of the world take the Attorney General and his/her illustrious and esteemed office seriously after this episode? Would people continue to doubt what ever charges presented by them “on behalf of the people”, especially in high-powered criminal and murder cases?

God help us, all!

 

 


 

 

 

 

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  1. pak lah has always been a flip flopping pm since day one.it’s all because they threat not to vote bn.

    We should run this country, based on the principle of the ‘Rule of Law’, not popularity. We do not run the country like reality TV shows American Idol, The Apprentice and/or Akademi Fantasia!

    The Government should make the public know when they make a decision, it means serious business! 😦

  2. Halo bigdog dan semua di sini

    Perbezaan walau apa perkaranya tidak dapat dielak. Ia hukum kehidupan. Mengelak satu langkah sia-sia.
    Darinya, ada sebahagian meletak kehidupan bernegara hanya pada undang-undang (yang sah) dan sedang berjalan (semasa). Tulang belakangnya PERLEMBAGAAN. Ada ketika tulang belakang ini lebih berkuasa dari Tuhan, lebih berkuasa dari akal bijaksana untuk menyelesai apa-apa berbangkit. Jadi segala perkara menyentuh segenap aspek hidup, disandar padanya. Apa lagi bila berfikir, bercakap, berhujah perihal ‘keadilan’ – terminologi yang sangat abstrak dalam hidup manusia. Saya spontan boleh bertanya… ‘keadilan pada perspektif siapa? Anwar Ibrahim? Kalau minat mencari, lambat laun jumpa la. Jumpa kat mana? Kat ponget!

    Sebahagian lagi juga mengiktiraf undang-undang. Masa sama tidak pula bersandar undang-undanglah segala-galanya. Takkanlah akal yang tiada had berfikir hendak dihadkan pula pada apa yang sudah sedia ada (undang-undang). Bukan bermaksud pihak ini tidak faham bagaimana negara terbentuk, apa maksud demokrasi berparlimen raja berpelembagaan, apa prinsip Rule of Law dan bagai. Atas dasar mereka faham tentangnya menyebabkan mereka tidak berkata semua jalan penyelesaian hanya duduk pada undang-undang.

    Jadi apa yang memandu hidup kelompok ini? Prinsip. Prinsip hidup mereka sendiri. Undang-undang memang wujud di lingkungannya, tapi bagaimana mereka ingin membawa hidupnya tentulah bertolak pada prinsip yang dipegangnya. Ada ketika undang-undang yang ada tidak selari dengan prinsipnya. Tidak apa-apa. Akalnya ada untuk berfikir mencari penyelesaian pertembungan ini. Bukan bermaksud menggadai prinsip. Kerana ini ialah hukum hidup – iaitu tidak boleh mengelak dari perbezaan. Perbezaan tetap akan wujud walau di mana kita berada. Ambil frasa ini: manusia bergerak, kehidupan berubah.

    Saya tidak ada jawapan mana satu yang membina antara menggugurkan dakwaan cubaan bunuh atau meneruskan. Saya diposisi ‘undang-undang tidak semestinya mewakili jalan penyelesaian yang paling bijaksana.

    Tentu ramai akan mendakwa katanya, ‘nanti rakyat tidak lagi akan menghormati undang-undang kalau tidak ada ketegasan, kalau asyik lembik aje. Tambah mereka, cuba tengok Singapura. Minta maaf la benda-benda macam ni, takkan berlaku punya!
    Ini semua perspektif. Dan banyak lagi perspektif lain kalau kita mahu melihat dan memikirkannya. Mungkin perspektif lain itu lebih luas, lebih jauh sempadannya. Siapa tahu !

  3. Sebagai seorang Melayu,anak watan Tanah Melayu,ahli UMNO yang sentiasa setia dan sayang pada parti keramat UMNO,saya amat kecewa dengan sikap dan kepimpian Perdana menteri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang lemah, flip-flop,tidak tegas,cakap tak serupa bikin(saya pantang dicabar)dan terlampau banyak kelemahanya maka hari ini saya, kaum keluarga dan rakan rakan dalam UMNO Bahagian MERBOK terutama sekali di DUN Bukit Selambau tidak lagi akan mengundi BN.

  4. Pak Lah has clearly transgressed his authority as the PM. At the same time he has proved beyond all reasonable doubts that both the AG and IGP are totally acting at the behest of the PM, not able to use their own discretion in ensuring that the Rule of Law is adhered to and also the enforcement of laws and maintanining of security and public order should have been rightly conducted in acordance to the Police own evaluation.

    This is indeed a dangerous precedence. The multi-racial contents and context of Malaysia has no comparison. The MIC realising that they are at the loosing end cashed in at the opportunity to play “Santa Claus”.

    Hindraf is an illegal organizaion and the charge was for attempted murder of a Policeman who is a peace officer. The charge is indeed serious not only in respect of its criminal implications but most importantly in the context of ensuring that those entrusted to enforce the law must be respected and equally safeguaded by the laws that he is empowered to enforce. THIS FLIP FLOP DECISION MAY HAVE A VERY BAD DEMORALISING EFFECT ON MEMBERS OF PDRM WHO MAY BE REQUIRED TO FACE THE SAME CROWD AGAIN SOMEDAY FOR THIS DECISION IS NOT EXPECTED TO “CURRY FAVOUR” WITH THE GOONS WITHIN HINDRAF.

    Elements within Hindraf may take this flip flopping as a victory of some sort as they had partially gained what they have been fighting for i.e. RECOGNITION DESPITE BEING ILLEGAL AND TREACHEROUS.

    The fear is that dissatisfaction may gain momentum quietly at the beginning among other racial groups that find the activities and demands by Hindraf as unbearable and that the Government are somewhat biased. Either Pak Lah has not been fully forewarned of the adverse effect of his “flip flopping” stand by those responsible for the security of the nation or he is simply being given the wrong advises by the wrong people who happen to be on his right side.

    The current situation is a cacophony, to say the least. Can we expect him to be strong, firm and adhering to the rule of the law should the security situation in the country worsen? I wonder!

    And do we need him the next time around?

  5. […] Ini melihatkan dengan jelas Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Abdullah Abdullah Badawi sebagai seorang ‘PM Flip-Flop’ yang tidak tetap pendirian dan boleh di’pengaruhi’ agar mana mana kep…. […]

  6. Semakin saya membaca comment yang ditulis oleh setiap umat malaysia di kesemua blog-blog yang ada, semakin saya pasti yang mentaliti semua warga kita begitu cetek.
    Semuanya cuma nampak effect – hasil, tetapi jarang sekali yang nampak cause – punca.
    Semua bercerita pasal apa yang harus dibuat dan siapa yang betul, siapa yang salah, siapa yang jantan, siapa yang berhak lebih, siapa yang telah diketepikan, siapa yang bodoh dan siapa yang pandai..
    tetapi jarang jarang sekali saya dapat baca,
    komen yang dapat membina semangat kenegaraan ataupun komen yang memberi harapan untuk masa depan yang lebih baik. Jari itu akan tunjuk kesini dan kesana, tetapi jarang sekali tunjuk pada diri sendiri.

    Cuba kita tanya diri kita sendiri..

    APA yang kita telah buat untuk kebaikan bersama & kemajuan negara?

    Kenapa kita semua masih dipermainkan oleh UMNO, MCA & MIC serta kroni kroni yang lain?

    Selagi kita tidak dapat melihat warga negara sebagai satu unit, selagi itu la kita akan dibawa kehulu &hilir bagaikan kerbau yg ditarik dari lubang hidung.

    Masih ingat rukun negara? Saya rasa tidak ramai yang tahu tentang bahagian pertama RUKUN NEGARA..

    Bahawasanya negara kita Malaysia mendukung cita-cita hendak:

    -Mencapai perpaduan yang lebih erat di kalangan seluruh masyarakatnya
    -Memelihara cara hidup demokratik
    -Mencipta satu masyarakat yang adil di mana kemakmuran negara akan dapat dinikmati secara adil dan saksama
    -Menjamin satu cara liberal terhadap tradisi-tradisi kebudayaannya yang kaya dan berbagai-bagai corak
    -Membina satu masyarakat progresif yang akan menggunakan sains dan teknologi moden:

    Ikrar
    Maka kami rakyat Malaysia berikrar akan menumpukan seluruh tenaga dan usaha kami untuk mencapai cita-cita tersebut berdasarkan atas prinsip-prinsip yang berikut:

    -Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan
    -Kesetiaan kepada Raja dan Negara
    -Keluhuran Perlembagaan
    -Kedaulatan Undang-undang
    -Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan

    Bangun la wahai saudara senegara saya!!!


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