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Disabled ISA detainee denied right to counsel

 | April 13, 2011

Bukit Aman says he was planning to bomb Putrajaya and Bukit Aman and the matter is still under investigation.

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman today denied disabled PKR youth member Kadir Hashim, who is being held under the ISA, access to his lawyers.

His family members were, however, allowed to see him under strict supervision.

Kadir, who has a left wrist missing from a firecracker accident in his schooling days, was arrested on April 2 for allegedly being involved in ‘subversive activities’.

His brother, Hisham and mother Mah Mat Deris arrived at Bukit Aman with lawyers Murni Hidayah Anuar and Hafik Mohd Noor of Lawyers for Liberty at 12 noon.

Also present was Abolish ISA Movement (GMI) secretary E Nalini. After negotiating with the officers, only Hisham and Mah were allowed for about an hour.

“Kadir told us that the police were treating him well but we were surrounded by about eight police officers all the while we were with him,” said Hisham.

“Kadir said he was informed by the police that he was detained for being a threat to national security.”

Hisham, who works as a driver, said police subsequently informed him that Kadir had planned to bomb Putrajaya and the Bukit Aman police headquarters.

“They told me they were still investigating the matter,” said Hisham, who urged the police to charge Kadir in court if Bukit Aman had proof his brother was a threat to national security.

Their mother, Mah said all she wanted was to have her son back home, as Kadir,42, was the one who was looking after her. “Now I’m staying all alone,” said the 67-year old Mah.

Police acted in bad faith

Murni, the coordinator for Lawyers for Liberty, meanwhile criticised the police for denying Kadir his constitutional right to legal representation.

She said that even when Kadir was arrested, she had demanded he ber allowed access to legal aid.

“Arresting officer ACP Normah told us to write in a letter to Bukit Aman and we did that on April 4. However, she contacted the family yesterday and asked them to come see the detainee, not us.

“Normah said that her superior did not allow us to meet our client while we were the ones who had been liasing with the police since his arrest,” said Murni.

She said Lawyers for Liberty will file a writ of habeas corpus to get Kadir freed from detention

“But we need to get Kadir to sign the affidavit first before we can pursue the case in the court,”said Murni who added that she will continue liasing with the police over the matter.

GMI’s Nalini said that there was an element of mala fide on the part of the police as they had no evidence to show that Kadir was a threat to national security.

“Even the police admitted that they have nothing on him currently. We demand they release him immediately,” said Nalini.

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