[UPDATED on 29 October 2010 with video of the press conference held by the family of the complainant.]
PROTEST MEMO TO IGP ON 30TH OCTOBER 2010
(re: the beating and abduction of K. Selvachandran by the police)
The continuing descent of the Malaysian police force into lawlessness has been graphically demonstrated by the 25th October beating and abduction of K. Selvachandran by police personnel. Selvachandran was the key witness who testified against the police in the recently concluded R. Gunasegaran inquest. On the very day the verdict was delivered in the inquest, the police moved against Selvachandran. When Selva’s children asked the police why their father was being dragged away, the police answered by beating Selva in front of his own children.
The trauma caused to the children is unimaginable, and the perpetrators have acted in gross violation of international norms on the protection of children. In a twisted perversion of conjugal love, the police tried to make Selva’s wife S. Saraswathy kiss him before beating him up in front of her. Selva, who did his duty as a citizen by telling the truth at the Gunasegaran inquest, is now being held at a unknown location with no access to his family or lawyers. It is believed that he is being detained without trial under the Emergency Ordinance. These outrageous acts against Selva and his family are only the latest in a long series of police brutality cases going back into and beyond the period of Mahathir’s despotism.
WE, FREE CITIZENS OF THIS NATION, MUST MAKE A STAND AGAINST THE PREVAILING POLICE AND STATE VIOLENCE!
JOIN US TO HAND OVER A PROTEST MEMORANDUM TO THE IGP
Issued by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) & Lawyers For Liberty (LFL)