24/10: Police leave without statement from Bar Council

Category: General Posted by: Raja Petra
The Star

The Bar Council turned the tables on the police who came to record their statement on the Sept 26 Walk for Justice by asking for a copy of the first information report.

The Bar Council office bearers, acting on the advice of their lawyers, asked the police for the report so that they would know the name of complainant, the date and the number of the police report as well as the alleged offence they were being investigated for.

This request was made so that our lawyers could properly advise us as to our rights and which section has been invoked by the police to attempt to take statements from us, Bar Council chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan told reporters on Tuesday.

She said when the police declined to provide the information and wanted to proceed to record their statements, their lawyers, who were present at the meeting, advised them that, without the information requested, we are not in a position to give any statement.

The lawyers then served the police in writing a request for the first information report.

The meeting with the Bar Council lasted only 30 minutes and the police left without recording any statement.

The police left saying they will be in touch, said Ambiga.

Ambiga is one of three office bearers whom the Putrajaya police had contacted to record a statement.

The other two are vice-president Ragunath Kesavan and secretary Lim Chee Wee. All three office bearers were present at Tuesday’s meeting with the police together with their counsels Sulaiman Abdullah, M. Puravalen and Cheow Wee.