Thursday, April 01, 2010

Free Matthias now! Sack corrupt judge(s)!

Open letter to:

1. the Right Honourable Malaysian Prime Minister
2. the Honourable President of the Bar Council of Malaysia
3. the Honourable Chief Justice, Federal Court of Malaysia
4. the Honourable Chief Judge of the High Court of Malaya
5. the Malaysian public
6. the international community

Re: The incarceration of senior barrister Matthias Chang

Dear sir(s),

Thank you for your time and indulgence in reading this letter. I seek your wisdom and kind consideration in the case of lawyer Matthias Chang, being sentenced to jail for a so-called contempt of court charge. This is most regretful coming at a time when our judiciary is at a crossroads of heading towards integrity and rule-of-law or denigrating into the realms of shame and public disgust.

I consider Matthias a fighter of the ultimate truth and although I may appear to be biased, I welcome a full inquiry or investigation into the actual events that led to his conviction and subsequent incarceration. For your information, Matthias is on a hunger strike and his health may be in jeopardy should he continue to persist as such in prison.

Matthias has always stood up and fight for what he believes, in a true sense of word and justice. His determined stance in the Palestinian conflict and his unwavering support for the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission and Tribunal deserves the deepest respect and highest accolades.

Please note that with all due respect to his credentials, no man is perfect, hence the arguments that Matthias could be wrong in this case. I am convinced there is something more than what is beyond public scrutiny in this case as it involves a possible conflict of interest. Hence, I join the solidarity support in asking for a review and if necessary repeal of certain orders which may lead to the abuse of power by certain parties.

My stand is consistent with those taken by:

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Founder and Chairman of the KL Foundation to Criminalize War

Niloufer Bhagwat, the Vice President of the Indian Association of Lawyers

Cynthia McKinney, former US Congresswoman and former US Presidential Candidate from the Green Party

Denis J Halliday, former UN Assistant Secretary-General

Professor Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa and Director for Centre for Research on Globalization

Michael Carmichael of Planetary Movement

Dr Edward Spencer from California, US

Rene Chang, sister to Matthias Chang, now residing in the UK

Admiral Vishnu from India

Steve Savignol from Paris, France

Curtis Doebbler, International Human Rights Lawyer

Thomas Doleman Jr, Chairman/CEO of CoachAir Group, Hong Kong

Leuren Moret, international scientist against nuclear proliferation

Huwaida Arraf, the Free Gaza Movement

Abdul Ilah Albayaty, Member, Executive Committee, Brussels Tribunal

Evelyn Durmayer, Austrian Advocate and Representative of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Dirk Adriaensens, Member, Executive Committee, Brussels Tribunal and Coordinator of SOS Iraq

And many others from the local and international community who share their disgust in Matthias’ incarceration.

Yours sincerely,

Chin Wee Loon
Citizen of Malaysia

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