Friday, November 23, 2007

Hindraf's leaders released in Klang Session Court today

Three Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders who were to be charged with sedition at the Klang Sessions Court this afternoon, managed to walk free on technical grounds.

The trio, who were not charged today, were granted bail set at RM800 per person by judge Zumaidah Mohd Idris.

However, Hindraf chairperson and lawyer P Waythamoorty refused to post bail as a mark of protest against the ‘police being used by the government’.

He will be detained by the police until Monday and had vowed to go on a hunger strike. He was reportedly sent to Sungai Buloh prison.

However, his brother and Hindraf legal adviser Uthayakumar and another Hindraf lawyer, Ganapathy Rao, posted bail. Nevertheless, all three will be back in court on Monday to be formally charged.

Some 2,000 supporters, who were cheering throughout the proceeding, mobbed the duo as they walked out of the court building at about 6.45pm.

The trio were represented by lawyer M. Manoharan, A. Sivanesan, K. Ramu, VS Ganapathy Rao and R Kengadharan. All of them are also DAP members except Kengadharan.

Among those who attended the procedding including Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, DAP CEC leader Ronnie Liu, DAP Selangor Secretary Lau Weng San, DAP Selangor State Committee Member T. Kannan and DAP Selangor Vice Chairman Peter Tan.

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