Suaram: Solitary confinement unwarranted; release Khalid Ismath!

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The human rights violation inflicted upon Khalid Ismath is not only a violation against him, but also his whole family and all Malaysians, says Sevan Doraisamy.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) condemns the solitary confinement of Khalid Ismath and appeals for a swift revision hearing for Khalid Ismath’s denial of bail.

Suaram fully support Amnesty International’s declaration that Khalid Ismath is a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate release!

As of yesterday, Khalid Ismath has been imprisoned for more than two weeks. His unprecedented detention, denial of bail and 14 charges for alleged crime under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and the Sedition Act 1948 have made Khalid Ismath a prisoner of conscience.

Since his denial of bail, Khalid Ismath has been kept in solitary confinement and kept behind bars round the clock. The act of detaining Khalid Ismath in solitary confinement is clearly punitive in nature and should not have taken place before any trial.

Recalling the deplorable arrests and rearrests during the early days of his arrest and the excessive charges made against Khalid Ismath, it is clear that Khalid Ismath is a target of punitive action by those in powers. The detention of Khalid Ismath is no longer a ‘simple’ case of sedition but an unjust and deplorable means of punishing Khalid Ismath before a fair trial.

On top of the unjustified act of punishing Khalid Ismath through such means, Khalid Ismath’s family is similarly victimised and forced go experience unconscionable mental torture and physical inconvenience resulting from his detention.

In the light of the unjust circumstances around Khalid Ismath’s detention, Suaram implores the High Court of Johor Bahru to swiftly conduct the hearing on the revision on Khalid Ismath and allow him to be released on bail. As the institution charged with upholding justice in Malaysia, the judiciary MUST ensure that justice is done and that Khalid Ismath is not punished before his trial.

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The human rights violation inflicted upon Khalid Ismath is not only a violation against him, but a violation against his whole family and a rude slap to all Malaysians. On this note, we reiterate our call for Khalid Ismath to be released immediately.

Sevan Doraisamy is executive director of Suaram.

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