Hornbill Unleashed

November 26, 2016

How is Maria’s solitary confinement not abuse? Activist asks IGP

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Hundreds gather at the launch of the ‘Free Maria Campaign’ at the Community Library hall in Petaling Jaya, November 25, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaAn activist criticised Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today for saying that detained Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah won’t be abused in prison.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suara) executive director Sevan Doraisamy pointed out that Maria’s 28-day solitary confinement is an abuse in itself.

“It’s solitary confinement, for 28 days and that person was caught without proof, isn’t that torture already? Where did he study?” Sevan said, to roaring laughter from the crowd at the “Free Maria Campaign” launch tonight.

“He said there was no torture. 28 days, solitary confinement, separated by put at one spot, she stays there all by herself, can’t see her children, can’t see us, can’t see the children of Malaysia. Isn’t that torture?

“Mental torture, physical torture. How can he say no torture? Can he sit at one place for 28 days like that and say oh there’s no torture, no torture?” Sevan said.

Earlier today, the Inspector-General of Police said that the police will not mistreat Maria while she is detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.

He again reiterated that Maria was being held in conditions consistent with the police’s standard operating procedures and “international standards”.

“There will be no abuse. I will personally assure that there will be no abuse,” Khalid told reporters during a press conference at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters this morning.

Police detained Maria on November 18 under Section 124C of the Penal Code that criminalises the attempt to commit activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, and invoked Sosma for the arrest.

The Sosma permits the police to hold individuals for up to 28 days without trial.

Maria previously alleged that she was kept in solitary confinement and denied a bed, which the Human Rights Commission confirmed during an inspection this week.

Khalid responded by saying that Maria could simply have asked for a mattress if she wanted one, but had not done so. He also said her conditions were no different from any other Sosma detainee.

Source : YISWAREE PALANSAMY@The Malay Mail Online


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