KUALA LUMPUR: A real estate agent wants his day in court to seek justice for allegedly having suffered violent force at the hands of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and the police during a raid at his home eight years ago.
Hashim Said, 49, who filed a RM1 million lawsuit against Jais and the police in 2008 for allegedly using violent force against him, has yet to obtain a trial date.
“I want justice, I want the officers to face the consequences of their actions under the law and I don’t want the same thing to happen to others, so this should act as a lesson,” he told reporters at the law firm of Messrs Azah Azizan & Co in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Hashim’s lawyer Azizah Azizan said what was important was for Hashim’s case to go to trial.
She said after the suit was filed in 2008, the police applied to strike out the suit, which was allowed by the Court of Appeal.
The court, however, denied Jais’ application to strike out the suit.
Azizah said Hashim was appealing the Court of Appeal’s decision to allow the police to strike out the suit.
In his suit, Hashim claimed that the incident occurred when personnel from the two enforcement agencies barged into his home and arrested him for allegedly committing khalwat (close proximity) in 2006.
He said that not only was he remanded for more than 24 hours, but Jais and the police officers also physically abused him.
NGO Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) executive director Yap Swee Seng, who was also present at the press conference, said Suaram condemned the actions of the authorities against Hashim.
Yap said the agencies had not only showed utter disrespect for human rights, but they had also abused their powers. — The Malaysian Insider
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on October 16, 2014.