All charges against PSM 30 dropped

By K Pragalath

PETALING JAYA: All charges against the 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia activists, including the EO 6, have been dropped.

PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan said that on the recommendation the Attorney General, the 30 were given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.

“We were informed of the decision by deputy public prosecutor Jamil Aripin on behalf of the Attorney General via en e-mail,” said Arutchelvan.

The 30 were arrested in Sungai Dua, Penang on June 25 while on their ‘Udahlah Bersaralah’ roadshow on suspicion of planning to ‘wage war against the Agong’.

The police detained six activists from the group, dubbed the EO6, for 28 days under the EO over their ‘role’ in the July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally.

The six were Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and PSM activists Choo Chon Kai, Sarat Babu, M Sarasvathy, M Sukumaran, and A Letchumanan.

After the EO6 were released, they were charged at the Butterworth Sessions court on Aug 3 under the Societies Act and the Internal Security Act for allegedly possessing subversive documents.

‘Home minister must explain’

All 30, including the six, were to have their cases heard from Oct 10-14 at the same sessions court.

In relation to the numerous police reports made against 30, including one that alleged that was a plot by PSM members to bomb a police station, Arutchelvan said he wants an explanation from Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

“The party intends to seek a meeting with the minister for clarification. We want to know who made the allegation? Would the culprits be charged?” asked Arutchelvan.

The PSM also wants Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Hishammuddin as well as the Inspector General of Police Ismail Omar to clarify and apologise for all that has happened since the arrest of 30 and the detention of the six under EO. – FMT

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