KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur High Court has set Nov 29 to hear the habeas corpus application by Maria Chin Abdullah, challenging her detention under Security Offences and Special Measures Act (Sosma) 2012.
Maria Chin’s lead legal counsel Gurdial Singh Nijar said that the Bersih leader had named Supt Tham Lai Kuan of the Bukit Aman criminal investigation department (CID), Inspector-General of Police, home minister and the government as respondents.
Gurdial said the legal team had also applied for Maria to be allowed to attend the hearing but Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan informed that a habeas corpus applicant normally did not come to court.
“However, we will leave it to the court’s discretion to decide whether to grant our client to be present during the hearing,” he told reporters after meeting Nordin in chambers Thursday.
In her notice of motion, Maria, 60, has sought her immediate release and to be brought to court during the hearing of the application.
Maria, who was detained under Section 124C of the Penal Code, has also sought an order that she was not subjected to any restrictions under Sosma.
Gurdial said Maria’s detention was against Articles 5, 8, 10 and 149 of the Federal Constitution.
On Nov 18 at about 3pm, a police team headed by Asst Supt Wan Aeidil Wan Abdullah went to Bersih 2.0 office in A-2-8, Blok A, 8 Avenue commercial centre in Jalan Sungai Jernih 8/1, Petaling Jaya, and detained Maria and activist Mandep Singh.
Mandep was released on Sunday Nov 20 on police bail.