PUTRAJAYA — April 5, 2017: Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah’s appeal to ask the Federal Court to decide on the legality of her detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act has been dismissed.
A five-man panel led by newly appointed Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop unanimously dismissed her appeal with regard to her habeas corpus application over her 10-day detention last year.
Maria, 60, was released after 10 days although the remand order was for 28 days.
Her application was struck out by a High Court on November 29 on the ground that she was no longer in detention.
Maria pursued her appeal as she wanted the court to determine the validity of her detention and claim for damages.
Today, Justice Ahmad ruled that her appeal did not have merits and said the court would give their written judgment later.
Sitting with Justice Ahmad were Federal Court judges Tan Sri Zainun Ali, Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed, Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim and Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi.
In her application Maria named Bukit Aman’s Supt. Tham Lai Kuan, the inspector-general of police, home minister and the government of Malaysia as respondents.
The court today heard submissions by Maria’s counsel Datuk Gurdial Singh Nijar who argued that the application was not academic as there was live issue to be decided by the court.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd. Abazafree Mohd. Abas however submitted otherwise. — Bernama