Police get away with Bersih violence against journos

Guang Ming reporter Wong Kin Onn assaulted while covering Bersih. Guang Ming photo

Guang Ming reporter Wong Kin Onn assaulted while covering Bersih. Guang Ming photo

from Malaysiakini

» Cops acquitted of Bersih 3.0 assault of pixman

Hafiz Yatim
3:52PM Nov 30, 2012

Two police officers charged with assaulting a Guang Ming Daily photographer during the mega Bersih 3.0 rally last April have today been acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court, without their defence being called.

Corporal Mohd Khairul Asri Mohd Sobri and Constable Shahrul Niza Abdul Jalil were acquitted after Magistrate Nurulain Abdul Rahim found that prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case when she ruled that photographer Wong Onn Kin (left) and the other witnesses had testified that they could not identify Wong’s attackers.

A total of five prosecution witnesses, including Wong, had been called in to testify.

“Following this, the court acquits both the accused without their defence being called,” Nurulain said.

The two were represented by counsel Salim Bashir and Halim Ashgar, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Kalmizah Salleh represented the prosecution.

During submissions, Salim pointed out that the photographer also gave conflicting testimony with the report he had lodged.

The duo were charged under Section 352 of the Penal Code for using criminal violence against Wong, together with two others still at large, at the junction of Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Raja between 5.20pm and 5.30pm on April 28.

Khairul, 28, is attached with the Tanjung Malim police station while Shahrul Niza, 25, is stationed at the Dang Wangi police station.

It is learnt that they are the only police personnel charged thus far in relation to widespread allegations of police violence at the pro-electoral reform rally held on April 28.



3 thoughts on “Police get away with Bersih violence against journos

  1. These are further proof that in Malaysia the quarter cooked police can and will get away even with murder, so what is violent against the people. The two police officers were charged just to justify the police force in Malaysia in recent years have being most just and fair in their enforcement.of the law. A
    At least those two police officers did not have their faces covered up, just like the two police officers who literally were showing to the whole world in recent years the police in Malaysia can get away with murder. That is why so often those in their custody die all the time and the police know they can get away with all these atrocities by being the lackeys to the Home Minister !

  2. The judicial system in Malaysia is far from ideal, It works well for the rich, the politicians and the corrupt. Justice is politically motivated. When Mahathir kutty was prime minister the first thing he did was to supress the judicial process. This made Malaysia one of the worst law enforcement and judicial systems in the world, should we be concern about abuse in the judicial system and the ability of courts to render fair judgments. Therefore one is going to see this kind of wrong judgements as long as the independence of the judiciary is not restored. The police act as they are told by politicians and the law of the land is not respected, the government in power with their abuse of law and order gives the police an indicator to act as they see fit and the law is not important. This leads to police abusing the law and getting away. The victims becomes the public and in this case it is clear abuse of the law by the police.

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