Why is the police always going after the wrong man?
In their bid to nail PI Balasubaramaniam, who made a stunning statutory declaration last week, and retracted it 24 hours later, only to go missing to “one of the ASEAN countries”, the police now wants to question his nephew’s lawyer N Surendran (image).
Surendran, who helped Kumarasen lodge a police report on his missing uncle, is required to report at the multimedia and cyber crime investigation unit, at 3pm on Saturday, says the Malaysian Anti-Death Penalty and Torture network (MADPET, where Surendran is a member).
What is the justification for questioning Surendran? He is merely the lawyer for the nephew who was worried about the safety of his uncle, especially an uncle who had made revelations, that might bring down the number 2 top leader of the country. That leader happens to be slated now to take over the country’s premiership in 2010 (or so it seems).
Bala’s case is now being classified under section 199 of Penal Code (False statement made in any declaration which is by law receivable evidence).
Is the police trying to harass lawyers?
Are they going to ask him about what his client/s told him? Will he be asked to (or forced to) breach that sacred solicitor-client privilege?
A solicitor cannot be compelled to disclose legitimate communications, whether oral or written, passing directly between him and his client. This privilege. (Malaysian Bar).
When will police investigate the allegations in the said Declaration, that the police had left out certain information that Bala had told them?
“I told them all I knew including everything Abdul Razak Baginda and Aminah had told me about their relationships with Najib Razak but when I came to sign my statement, these details had been left out…”
When will police investigate the allegations that the prosecution may have intentionally or otherwise failed to ask questions that will cause the name and/or involvement of Najib Razak to be disclosed.
“…The prosecutor did not ask me any questions in respect of Aminah’s relationship with Najib Razak or of the phone call I received from DSP Musa Safri, whom I believe was the ADC for Najib Razak and/or his wife…”
Prosecutors do and must have the duty to disclosure all facts to ensure that justice be done, more so in a murder case where a finding of guilt would result in the death penalty. Leave it to the judge to decide on the importance or relevance of facts and evidence, when he decides on the guilt or innocence of the accused (Human rights lawyer, Charles Hector, for MADPET)