Nazri's point is totally incorrect and bias.
The Malaysian Bar backed by about 13,000 lawyers in West Malaysia supported by their brother lawyers in East Malaysia namely Sarawak Bar Association agrees uneqivocally with the Bar Council to sue the government, inter alia, the Home Affair Minister and at the same time naming the IGP and the OCPD as Defendants for the police high-handed and abusive acts.
Not only that they are to be sued but at the same time society MUST condemned their action and MUST demand the resignations of all involved including the Home Affair Minister.
If what Nazri says that suing the government for the detention of five legal aid lawyers is an attempt to intimidate the enforcement authorities from discharging their duties, then what about lawyers who are actually discharging their constitutional and statutory duties.
Nazri should have known that the lawyers arrested, were called in by their clients to render legal assistance. The lawyers in fact requested to see the form (i.e. the form declaring that they wished not to have legal assistance), that were also denied by the police. What are there to hide? And instead of showing the declaration form, the police under the orders of the OCPD of Brickfields, arrested the five lawyers from the KL Legal Aid centre.
As such the police action is totally uncalled for, arbitary and have no respect for rights of the lawyers in discharging their constitutional and statutory duty.
KUALA KANGSAR, May 17 – The decision by the Bar Council to sue the government over the May 7 detention of five legal aid lawyers is an attempt to intimidate the enforcement authorities from discharging their duties, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said today.
He said it also showed that the legal practitioners themselves wanted to undermine the country’s legal system.
“The Bar Council is supposed to be a role model. If police enforce the law and among those caught are their (Bar Council) members, they have to accept it.
“We have the judiciary. Let the court decides whether the five lawyers are guilty or not,” he told reporters after opening a programme for Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) pupils in the Padang Rengas parliamentary constituency at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Temenggong, Kati here.
He was commenting on a resolution passed by the Bar Council at its extraordinary general meeting on Friday to sue the government and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan over the detention of the five lawyers during the candlelight vigil for the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) activist Wong Chin Huat last week.
On the political crisis in Perak, Mohamed Nazri said, the court was the best avenue to settle the dispute and that there was no need for a fresh state election as the state legislative assembly was still intact.
“There is no hung assembly”, he said, adding that the request to dissolve the state assembly cannot not be made by the minority. – Bernama