Monday, April 1, 2019

Justice for the Late Karpal Singh, Finally

Almost five years after his death, the Federal Court has acquitted the late Karpal Singh (right) of a sedition charge for allegedly questioning the late Sultan of Perak's action relating to the 2009 constitutional crisis in the state.

And it was an emotional legal and moral victory for his widow Gurmit Kaur (far right). Two of her children, Ramkarpal Singh (center) and Sangeet Kaur Deo (left), were part of a team of thirteen lawyers appearing for the former DAP chairperson during the hearing. 

The High Court had initially discharged and acquitted Karpal without ordering him to enter his defence in 2010 but on appeal by the prosecution, the Court of Appeal in 2012 ordered him to enter his defense. 

On February 21, 2014, the High Court convicted and fined him RM4,000. On May 30, 2016, the Court of Appeal, by a 2-1 majority decision, upheld his conviction but reduced the fine to RM1,800. 

After the court's decision, Gurmit, who was in tears, said, “I was just preparing for his fifth anniversary and I know now he is going to rest in peace. He always defended himself”. 

Karpal, who was a prominent lawyer, died on April 17, 2014 in an accident on the North-South Expressway near Gua Tempurung, Perak – and in the past, he had asserted that he was only giving his legal opinion and was merely fulfilling his duty as MP to explain the Perak political crisis to the public.

A seven-member panel led by Chief Judge of Malaya Zaharah Ibrahim on Friday ruled that there was a serious misdirection of law by the High Court and Court of Appeal as both courts failed to evaluate the former DAP national chairperson's defense. 

Karpal Singh’s name has been cleared. Finally. 

Sunday’s Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers saw the former winning 2-1 over the latter. And Celtic move 13 points clear at the top.

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