Govt has filed appeal against acquittal of woman in death of maid

The Penang High Court, in April, granted Ambika MA Shan an acquittal although the DPP conducting the case had requested for a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.

PETALING JAYA: The government has filed an appeal against the acquittal of a woman charged with murdering her Indonesian maid last year.

An official with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said the notice of appeal was filed on April 26 while the petition of appeal was submitted a month later.

“We have stated the grounds in the petition why the High Court judge erred in law,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

He said the petition was filed quite speedily as the trial judge had provided the grounds of judgment soon after the decision.

“We are waiting for the Court of Appeal to fix a case management before an appeal hearing date is fixed,” he said.

The official said this in response to a report that some 30,000 people had signed a petition seeking answers from the AGC on the acquittal of Ambika MA Shan for the alleged murder of her domestic worker, Adelina Lisao.

The petition, started by human rights group Tenaganita, is addressed to AG Tommy Thomas, Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Parliamentary Affairs) Liew Vui Keong.

On April 19, the High Court in Penang granted Ambika an acquittal although the deputy public prosecutor conducting the case requested for a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.

She was charged with murdering Adelina Lisao, 26, who succumbed to multiple organ failure following the alleged abuse at a house in Bukit Mertajam.

It was reported that neighbours had spotted Adelina sleeping with a dog in the compound of Ambika’s home and that there were burn marks and bruises on her body.

At the time of writing, 28,900 of a targeted 35,000 had signed the petition.