Karpal’s daughter seeks to reopen father’s sedition case, clear conviction taint

Kenneth Tee
Sangeet Kaur Deo filed a report at the Dang Wangi police station today calling for the book to be opened even though four years have passed. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — Sangeet Kaur Deo, the only daughter of the late Karpal Singh, wants police to reinvestigate the former DAP chairman’s sedition case after learning that a senior judge may have interfered, resulting in his conviction.

Sangeet, who is a lawyer, filed a report at the Dang Wangi police station today calling for the book to be opened even though four years have passed.

“This is a serious accusation and I want the police to immediately probe the contents of the published news article,” she said in her filing sighted by Malay Mail.

Sangeet said she was taking action after reading a news article claiming possible judicial interference in the 2016 appeal against Karpal’s sedition case.

The article which first appeared on Free Malaysia Today, cited lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla who claimed he was recently informed of the matter where a senior judge reportedly meddled in the majority decision to allow Karpal’s appeal and acquit him of the charge.

Mohamed Haniff however did not identify the judge but said the panel was asked to reverse its acquittal ruling two years ago.

“It is very unfortunate that Karpal is unable to clear his name of the wrongdoings because of the interference following his death in a road accident in April 2014,” he said.

Mohamed Haniff claims comes after Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer told an international law conference on August 16 that he was “severely reprimanded” by a “top judge” for his dissenting judgment in the M. Indira Gandhi unilateral conversion case.

The High Court had found Karpal, a former lawyer and legislator, guilty of sedition for questioning the power of then Perak Ruler Sultan Azlan Shah’s removal of then mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin from office, resulting in what came to be known as the Perak constitutional crisis of 2009.

The High Court convicted Karpal of sedition and sentenced him to a RM4,000 fine in February 2014.

On May 30, 2016, his conviction was upheld by a three-judge panel in the Court of Appeal; Datuk Wira Mohtaruddin Baki and Kamardin Hashim who upheld the conviction while Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat held a dissenting view.

But the panel also reduced Karpal’s RM4,000 fine to RM1,800, effectively reversing his disqualification as an MP and allowing his widow to collect his pension.

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