(Petaling Jaya, Friday):
reiterates its call for the immediate release of the reformasi six - Mohamad
Ezam Mohamad Nor, Hishamuddin Rais, Chua Tian Chang, Saari Sungib, Badrulamin
Bahron and Lokman Noor Adam - under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) as
the government has not convinced the court of national and international public
opinion that they are not the victims of politically-motivated framed-up
detention of the reformasi six is anotherr
example of the iniquity of the ISA, where the government is not only
relieved of the onus of having to prove its allegations in a public trial
but enables it to make the most preposterous falsehoods against the
detainees in utter impunity and immunity.
the police launched the ISA arrests leading to the detention of the reformasi
six, the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Norian Mai spoke of a “militant plot” to topple the government
citing as examples of such militant tactics the securing of explosives including bombs and grenade launchers and the
recruitment of silat (martial arts) instructors and a big number of former
officers and members of the security forces.
as there has been no evidence to support the allegation by some
UMNO Ministers and leaders that the University of Malaya Dewan Tunku
Chancellor pre-dawn fire on June 29 last year was caused by sabotage and arson
by anti-government “militant” student activists, there has been no iota of
evidence that the reformasi
six were involved with any “militant
plot” to topple the elected government by force.
the past one year, the government has been
unable, to produce a single grenade launcher or bomb to justify the
detention of the reformasi six in the way they displayed the weaponry captured
by the Al-Maunah extremists to MPs.
fact, during their 60-day ISA interrogations, none of the reformasi six had been
questioned by the battery of Special Branch officers on their “militant
plot” to topple the elected government by force, which represented the very
essence of the government’s case to justify their detention without trial
under the ISA.
has been the common thread in the sworn affidavits of the reformasi six last
July in their habeas corpus appeals to the Federal Court.
Mohamad Ezam bin Mohd Nor swore in his affidavit:
“They (Special Branch officers) then explained the meaning of detention in general - not one of the meanings stated to me had any connection whatsoever with the reasons of detention stated in the press conference by the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Norian Mai on 11.4.2001. I was informed that the press conference was held to inform the public on the reasons for my detention along with my six colleagues under section 73(1) ISA….
“In fact I asked them to prove the claims that there were violent plans and attempts like collecting bombs, grenade launchers, Molotov cocktails, ballbearings and other things as claimed by the Inspector General of Police. They failed and could not give any evidence. In fact, on the contrary, the policemen who interrogated me claimed that there were other groups which did it outside my knowledge. But because I was amongst the leaders who attended the peaceful assemblies or demonstrations I was therefore responsible.”
Chua Tian Chang swore in his affidavit:
“I state that throughout my detention and interrogation I was never asked any question nor interrogated in respect of any alleged militant activities, in particular, I was never questioned nor interrogated on any alleged explosives such as bombs or grenade launchers, molotov cocktails, weapons, silat masters, militant groups or militant movements”.
Saari bin Sungib swore in his affidavit:
“Throughout the period of my detention, I was not asked at all about the allegations on trying to get explosive materials and weapons…I was never asked about the allegations which allegedly implicated me in using dangerous weapons to attack security personnel. About getting assistance from silat teachers, I was only asked whether I knew anything about it. When I told the police that I did not know anything about this accusation, they did not ask me again. They did not ask any specific questions to show any relations between the accusations and myself.”
Hishamuddin Rais swore in his affidavit:
“Throughout the wyhole of my detention, I was never asked, questioned or interrogated about bombs, molotov cocktails, firearms or grenade launchers….They never asked me anything about allegations of obtaining assistance from martial arts experts.”
Badrulamin bin Bahron swore in his affidavit:
“After two weeks, I asked my interrogators why they did not ask me about weapons/bombs/rocket launchers. They said that those were not the reasons why I was detained. I said I did not understand because the IGP himself mentioned that we were detained because of lethal weapons. They answered, ‘You’ll know very soon why you’re detained.’”
is significant that in all major ISA arrests previously, White Papers had been
issued to convince the Malaysian pubic and the world that the government had not acted arbitrarily or capriciously
but had a case from the standpoint of national security and stability, whether
it be the University of Malaya
Chinese Language Society arrests in 1974 or Operation Lalang arrests in 1987 -
but the government has been very shy in issuing a public document to justify the
first ISA crackdown in the 21st century against the reformasi six.
DAP calls on the Cabinet to convene an emergency meeting to respond to national and international protests on the occasion of the anniversary ISA detention of the reformasi six and renewed calls for their immediate release and the abolition of the draconian and iniquitious ISA.