Target: Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi
Goal: Release man who was arrested for exposing government corruption, which is illegal under anti-terrorism law.
Malaysian authorities have taken a man into custody for exercising his right to share information surrounding alleged corruption by investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad. 1MDB, by which it is commonly known, is owned by the Malaysian Government. Amnesty International, which has dubbed Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan a “prisoner of conscience,” indicates that his arrest is merely an effort to silence him and prevent him from exposing the government-owned investment firm’s dishonesty. Under anti-terrorism law, Khairuddin has the right to receive information and share it, and he should be released from detention as it appears that he has not committed any crime.
Khairuddin was arrested prior to boarding a scheduled flight to the United States where he was slated to meet with the FBI. He was then remanded into custody for an additional six days. Upon his release, he was rearrested under “Sosma,” which essentially gives Malaysia the right keep in him in custody for 29 days without a trial. Since that time, Khairuddin has fallen ill with dengue fever and been hospitalized. It was reported that visitors are being withheld from him, including his family and legal counsel.
Khairuddin was attempting to alert nations around the world of 1MDB’s suspicious activity at the time of his arrest. Not long ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that 1MDB allegedly deposited $700 million into Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts. This is just one of the many possible infractions the newspaper brought forth and that Khairuddin was attempting to make public.
Demand Khairuddin’s release from Malaysian detention. He was merely exercising his whistleblowing rights when reporting 1MDB’s alleged illegal activity.
Dear Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi,
It is very distressing to learn that you have taken Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan into custody without the right to trial. According to The Wall Street Journal, 1MDB has allegedly engaged in illegal investment activity, including depositing a significant amount of money into the Malaysian Prime Minister’s accounts. Khairuddin chose to disclose this information to international authorities, and under the anti-terrorism law, he had the legal right to do so. You have no legal reason to keep Khairuddin in detention, and the longer you delay in releasing him, the more evident it appears that your country does indeed have something hide.
It is my understanding that Khairuddin has been hospitalized with dengue fever, and his family and legal counsel have been barred from visiting him. This is also unacceptable, as Khairuddin has a legal right to receive visitors and legal counsel. Again, your prevention of this only makes it appear as if you are guilty, and you and your government’s actions are a clear case of trying to keep someone silenced.
It is imperative that you release this man. He has done nothing illegal. It is also imperative that assure his safety and allow him his right to legal counsel until he is released from Malaysian custody. Your failure to do so is an egregious violation against human rights.
[Your Name Here]
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