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Why criminal probe on Ambiga over Hadi’s UK lawsuit? MP asks IGP

Padang Serai MP N. Surendran said a fundamental aspect of law in Malaysia stated that no one can be accused of a criminal offence for an act or omission committed by another party. — Picture by Saw Siow FengPadang Serai MP N. Surendran said a fundamental aspect of law in Malaysia stated that no one can be accused of a criminal offence for an act or omission committed by another party. — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 ― Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun must explain the legal basis for initiating a criminal investigation against Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, an Opposition lawmaker said today.

Padang Serai MP N. Surendran pointed out that a fundamental aspect of law in Malaysia and other civilised countries state that no one can be accused of a criminal offence for an act or omission committed by another party.

“This is also simple logic, and basic fairness,” he said in a statement in response to news reports that the IGP had confirmed police were investigating the National Human Rights Society president for allegedly making a statement conducing public mischief under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code and improper use of network facilities under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Surendran who is also a lawyer further pointed out that Ambiga’s “so-called offence” originated from court documents filed by the founder-editor of whistleblower website Sarawak Report in the UK adding that Clare Rewcastle-Brown was herself being sued for defamation by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

He said that if Abdul Hadi has issue with the Ambiga’s purported remarks as stated in Rewcastle-Brown’s defence documents, the PAS man is able to remedy it in his ongoing civil lawsuit in the UK courts.

“How does this fall under the jurisdiction of the Malaysian police?” he asked.

“As the allocation of police resources is a matter of public interest, I call upon the Inspector General of Police to respond to the above points and explain the legal basis for the investigation upon Ambiga,” he added.

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