Gani owes the Batu Caves 31
unjustly incarcerated for 13 days - a total of 403 days - and their families
a public apology
Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
The Attorney-General Tan Sri
Gani Patail owes the Batu Caves 31 who were unjustly incarcerated for 13
days and their families a public apology for the sufferings and hardships
they should not have been made to go through.
Gani’s explanations why he dropped the charges of attempted murder against
the Batu Caves 31 in the Shah Alam Sessions Court underline the grave
injustice which the Attorney-General had caused the 31 with the ridiculous
charge of attempted murder and collective punishment of the 31 with the
denial of bail for 13 days, resulting in a number of victims losing their
Two reasons had been given by Gani.
Gani said: “We can’t pinpoint who exactly did it or rather who was the one
who threw the brick at the person who was badly injured”. If so, why did
he charge the 31 with the capital offence of “attempted murder” with the
maximum sentence of 20 years’ jail and fine, and what’s worse, denying
bail to them for 13 days on a completely baseless contention of their
being threats to national security!
Secondly, Gani said the 31 men were initially charged not because they
were alleged to be Hindraf members but because they had committed an
offence by participating in an illegal assembly.
Gani said all the 31 men had signed letters opposing Hindraf and claimed
they were not Hindraf members. They also said they would never take part
in any illegal assembly in the future.
This is a very serious contradiction. If the 31 were not charged because
they were Hindraf members, why should any subsequent claim that they were
not Hindraf members have any bearing on their cases?
The Batu Caves 31 had already been harshly and unfairly punished although
they were innocent of the charge of attempted murder, as they were all
incarcerated for 13 days each, which work out to 403 days for jail
sentence for the 31.
The least Gani should do is to tender a public apology to the Batu Caves
31 and their families for this travesty of justice and abuse of
prosecutorial powers in his unfair and unjust handling of cases of the
Batu Caves 31.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman