Thursday March 21, 2013
Lahad Datu: Sabah law association prepared to assist those arrested under Ops Daulat
By MUGUNTAN VANAR and SHAILA KOSHY
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Law Association (SLA) is prepared to provide legal assistance to those arrested under Ops Daulat or charged, despite its limited resources.
In a statement, the SLA said it had not been referred or assigned any cases involving those arrested under Ops Daulat as yet.
Its Human Rights and Legal Aid committees are working together to provide legal advice and representation.
The SLA said an accused person, whether a citizen or not, is always assigned to a counsel by the courts in death penalty cases.
The SLA urged the Philippines Embassy to liaise with it immediately if its citizens were arrested under Ops Daulat and later charged.
The SLA secretariat can be contacted by phone 088-232662, fax 088-232654 or email at email@example.com.
"With the mutual cooperation of all relevant parties, SLA is confident that all persons shall be accorded the due and just process of the law," it said.
Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong said the Bar had accepted the Attorney-General's invitation on March 15 to work with the SLA.
"I have informed the SLA of our willingness to provide assistance and we are waiting to hear back from them," he said.
He said peninsula lawyers did not have the locus standi to work and give legal representation in Sabah.
At the moment, Leong said they could only appear in the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak if they had been granted ad-hoc admission first.
He said this on Wednesday when asked if any Bar member would be providing legal representation to the eight Filipinos charged under Sections 121 and 130KA of the Penal Code in connection with the intrusion into Sabah.
Section 130 KA provides for a jail term of up to 30 years for terrorist activities while Section 121 provides for the death penalty for waging war against the King, upon conviction.