Wednesday September 19, 2012
Court allows intervenor applications by six
KUALA LUMPUR: Six Bersih 2.0 steering committee members have been allowed to intervene and become parties in the Government’s lawsuit against Datuk S. Ambiga and eight others for damages to public property during the Bersih 3.0 rally in April.
High Court judge Justice John Louis O’Hara made the order after Senior Federal Counsel Azizan Md Arshad told the court that the Government was withdrawing its preliminary objection to their applications to be intervenors.
However, SFC Azizan said the parties should bear their own costs for their respective applications.
Justice O’Hara ordered the Government to amend its claim and for the intervenors to bear their own costs. The judge also set Oct 30 for mention.
Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Datuk A. Samad Said and five others had filed separate applications to become intervenors in the suit on the grounds that they were also involved in organising the April 28 rally.
Others are Yeo Yang Poh, Ahmad Shukri Che Razab, Hishamuddin Rais, Liaw Kok Fah and P. Subramaniam.
The Government is seeking a declaration that Ambiga and eight others were in violation of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. It is seeking RM122,000 in damages.