Thursday, October 28, 2010

Musa Hassan, Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin escape contempt charge

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 — Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin were not personally served court papers ordering the release of two men from a detention facility and cannot be liable for their re-arrest, a High Court ruled today.

Musa and Bakri escaped being cited for contempt of court today for ordering the re-arrest of the two men after they were ordered released by a High Court.

This was because Musa (picture) and Bakri were not told or served the release order, the court reasoned.

B. Sasinthiran, 28, and R. Muniyandi, 26, had initiated contempt proceedings against Musa and Bakri on September 29 for ignoring release orders issued by a High Court, as they were re-arrested outside the Simpang Renggam detention centre in Johor immediately after their release, when the court orders were served at the facility.

“In both applications, it was stated that the writ of habeas corpus was served on the Pusat Pemulihan Akhlak Simpang Renggam Johor respectively and not on both the alleged contemnors personally,” said judge Datuk Mohd Sofian Abd Razak today.

“The court is not satisfied that the alleged contemnors had notice of the express terms of the said writ of habeas corpus,” he added.

By Boo Su-Lyn TMI

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