Aliran welcomes the attorney general’s decision to drop charges against 12 individuals who were arrested and accused of supporting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The 12 – including two DAP state assembly members, P Gunasekaran (Seremban Jaya) and G Saminathan (Gadek) – have been held in detention without bail under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) since October 2019.
The others are V Suresh Kumar, B Subramaniam, S Thanagaraj, S Chandru, S Arivainthan, M Pumugan, Sundram Renggan alias Rengasamy, V Balamurugan, A Kalaimughilan and S Teeran.
They were due to face trials in the coming months.
In the first place, the detention of the 12 under Sosma, which allows for detention without trial, was unjust and unacceptable. We firmly believe their arrest and detention for 135-137 days (as of today) was unnecessary and unjust.
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The attorney general’s decision to drop the charges comes not a moment too soon.
Aliran reiterates the call for the repeal of Sosma and all other repressive laws that allow for detention without trial.
Aliran executive committee
22 February 2020