Malaysia

5 win unlawful detention case, awarded RM4.06m in damages

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 — Five people, including Batu MP Tian Chua, have been awarded more than RM4.06 million in damages over their unlawful detention under the Internal Security (ISA) Act in 2001, The Star Online said this evening.

The news portal reported High Court judge Lau Bee Lan as ruling today that the detention of Tian Chua (picture), Selangor PAS information chief Saari Sungib, activists Hishammudin Rais and Badaruddin Ismail and PKR supreme council member Badrulamin Bahron under Section 73 of the Internal Security Act 1960 was unlawful.

It is understood that the award represents a figure of RM15,000 a day in relation to the total number of days that the five claimants were detained.

The Star also reported that Justice Lau awarded Tian Chua, Hishammudin, Saari and Badrulamin RM60,000 in general damages and RM40,000 in aggravated damages in total on the grounds that words uttered by former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Norian Mai during a press conference in April 2001 in relation to their detention was defamatory.

Lau highlighted in her ruling that the five claimants’ detention was more likely due to political considerations rather than the fact they were possible threats to national security, The Star added.

The five claimants had sued Norian and two others for unlawful detention under the ISA and for defamation.

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