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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Uthayakumar drag like a dog to the police station and locked up to face the third seditious charge

Kula Lumpur, 12 December, (Asiantribune.com): Malaysian police rearrested P. Uthayakumar, a Human Rights Lawyer and the Legal adviser of Hindu Rights Action Force of Malaysia (HINDRAF), and dragged him like a dog to Pudu Jail Police Station and locked him up yesterday evening, to clamp the third sedition charge on him today in the courts.

As Malaysian police cuffed him in his right wrist and dragged him, his right wrist was swollen and injured. He lodged a complaint with the police station for the police excesses. He was then taken to the hospital for treatment and medical report and subsequently thrown into the police cell.

It all happened yesterday morning when Uthayakumar left his house located in Banghsar, in Kula Lumpur and got into his car to leave for the courts. One Police Inspector Saleh who was in plain cloth, accompanied by three other plain cloth policemen surrounded his car as he got into it at Jalan Maros, and arrested him.

Uthayakumar told Asian Tribune that he was so shocked when he saw the plain cloth policemen surrendering his car and arrest him. He said, “I thought that they wanted to shoot me. There was a similar incident that took place 21/2 years ago,” he said.

“There was no need to cause such alarm. They could have walked into my house and arrested me, or else they could have arrested me when I walked to my car,” Uthayakumar said.

He said, “I was taken to the Kula Lumpur Session Courts and charged for sedition for the second time under 4 (1)© of the Sedition Act of Malaysia.”

Uthayakumar was for the second time charged for sedition; it is learnt, for sending a memorandum to Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister. The full text of the Memorandum address to British Prime Minister and sent on 15 November is given at the end of this news report.

It is learnt, according to the charge, the person who is charged under section 4 (1)© will face three years jail sentence or would be imposed with a maximum fine of Malaysian Ringgit 5,000, or both.

In the morning at the Session Courts, Malaysia’s Attorney General Tan Sri Gani Patali was personally present to conduct the case on behalf of the Government to ensure Uthayakumar was not given bail by the judge.

In fact Malaysian Attorney General is a member of the Legal and Judicial Service Commission of Malaysia and the judges promotions, dismissals and transfers are usually subjected to Attorney General’s approval.

According to an Advocate, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that Attorney General should not have appeared before the Session Courts judge Ms. Sabariah Yusof, as it was impossible for the judge to decide without fear or favor.

Though Attorney General insisted that bail should not be granted to Uthayakumar, the court ordered the impounding of Uthayakumar’s passport and released him on Malaysian Ringgit 50,000 bail.

Uthaykumar when contacted told Asian Tribune, that “As I left the courtroom by 5 PM on Tuesday, I was rearrested. When I asked for the arrest warrant, the police said that they don’t have one.

At that time Uthayakumar was arrested, there were about 1,000 HINDRAF supporters outside the Court house.

While 50 policemen kept the HANDRAF supporters at bay, Police in the melee manacled Uthayakumar right hand and started dragging him like a dog to the Pudu Jail Police station.

At the police station, Uthayakumar was grilled for more than 4 hours. After the police interrogation, Uthayakumar’s right arm wrist was swollen and he started wriggling in pain.

Uthayakumar then lodged a complaint against the police for its excesses. After lodging the police complaint, he was taken to the hospital by the police for treatment. After the treatment Uthayakumar was thrown into the police cell.

It is expected that Uthayakumar would face the third seditious charges when he is produced before the courts today morning.

- Asian Tribune -

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HINDRAF

Hindu Rights Action Force
No. 135-3-A, Jalan Toman 7,
Kemayan Square,
70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Malaysia. Tel : 06-7672995/6

Fax: 06-7672997 Email waytha@hotmail.com

URGENT

15.11.2007

The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,
10 Downing Street, Fax: +442079250918
London, SW1A 2AA

Dear Sirs,

RE: 1. COMMONWEALTH ETHNIC INDIAN PEACE LOVING SUBJECTS IN MALAYSIA PERSECUTED BY GOVERNMENT BACKED ISLAMIC EXTREMIST VIOLENT ARMED TERRORIST WHO LAUNCHED A PRE DAWN VIOLENT ARMED ATTACK AND DESTROYED THE KG JAWA MARIAMAN HINDU TEMPLE AT 4.00 A.M THIS MORNING (15.11.2007).

2. APPEAL FOR U.K TO MOVE EMERGENCY U.N RESOLUTION CONDEMNING “ETHNIC CLEANSING” IN MALAYSIA.

3. APPEAL TO REFER MALAYSIA TO THE WORLD COURT AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT FOR CRIMES AGAINST IT’S OWN ETHNIC MINORITY INDIANS.
We refer to the above critical matters in Malaysia but which generally gets the least attention locally even by the Opposition parties, NGO’s, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission and the media for this community is generally regarded as politically insignificant, do not draw local or international funding and are deemed not press worthy. To the contrary the Malaysian government has successfully projected itself to the world as a modern Islamic thinking country which is not true.

The ethnic minority Indians in Malaysia were brought in to Malaysia by the British some 200 over years ago. Since independence in 1957 the Malaysian Indians have been permanently colonialized by the Islamic fundamentalist and Malay chauvinists UMNO led Malaysian government.

Among the recent atrocities committed by this government are as follows:-

1.100 over Indians were slashed and killed by the UMNO controlled Malaysian government in the Kampung Medan mini genocide. Despite numerous appeals, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission has refused to hold a Public Inquiry. The UMNO controlled Malaysian courts struck off a victim’s public interest civil suit for a Public Inquiry to be held without even the said UMNO controlled government having to file in their defence. The UMNO controlled Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police refused to investigate and / or initiate an inquest into the death of at least six Indians in this tragedy despite.

2. Every week one person at average is killed in a shot to kill policy and in every 2 weeks one person is killed in police custody. About 60% of these victims are Indians though they form only 8% of the Malaysian population.

3. In every three weeks one Hindu temple is demolished in Malaysia.

The latest being the demolishment of the Mariaman temple in Padang Jawa, Shah Alam, Selangor early this morning (15.11.2007) and the next being the (Mutaiya) Hindu temple in Sungai Petani scheduled for the 29.11.2007.

A violent armed pre down attack at 4.00a.m this morning was launched by the UMNO controlled Malaysian government backed by about 600 police, riot police, Islamic extremist and armed terrorists which completely destroyed this temple.

In an attack two weeks ago, uniformed police, riot police and city Council officers hurled rocks and attacked unarmed Hindu devotees with knives, sticks and iron rods.

At least 20 Hindu devotees were seriously injured and 19 arrested including 4 of their United Kingdom trained lawyers in direct violation of Article 5 (Right to life) Article 8 (Equality) Article 11 (Freedom of Religion) Section 295 (defiling a place of worship), Section 296 (disturbing a religious assembly), 298A(causing racial disharmony) and Section 441(criminal trespass) of the Malaysian Penal Code.

These authorities are plagued by an above the law mindset and in fact liberally take the law into their own hands. These atrocities however does not happen to almost all Islamic places of worship. Please visit www.policewatchmalaysia.com for further and better particulars.

4. State sponsored direct discrimination against the Indians in Public University intakes, Indian (Tamil) Schools, skills training institutes, civil service and private sector job opportunities, business and license opportunities and in almost all other aspects of daily life.

Despite our hundreds of letters, appeals and pleas to the Malaysian King and Sultans, the Prime Minister, Attorney General, Inspector General of Police, Ministers, Chief Ministers and the latest being our letters to the Prime Minister dated 29.10.2007 and 30.10.2007 and to the Attorney General dated 1.11.2007 the Malaysian authorities are only proceeding with greater ferocity and with impunity with very little regard for the Federal Constitution and laws of Malaysia. So please help us.

CONCLUSION

We fear that this peace loving Indian community of Tamil origin having been pushed to the corner and the persecution getting worse by the day may be forced to into terrorism in a matter of time as what has happened to the Sri Lankan Tamils.

APPEAL

On our part we are committed to a peaceful and lawful struggle and pray and appeal that the Government of the United Kingdom:-

1. Moves an emergency United Nations resolution condemning these state sponsored atrocities and persecutions of Malaysian Indians in Malaysia.

2. Refers Malaysia to the World Court and the International Criminal Court for Crimes against it’s own ethnic minority Indians

Thank You,

Yours Faithfully

P.Uthayakumar
Legal Adviser

013-3504711

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