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Uthayakumar files fourth application for release

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 March 2009: Leader of the unregistered Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindaf) P Uthayakumar filed a fourth habeas corpus application at the High Court here today to secure his release from detention under the Internal Security Avty (ISA).

The application was filed by his counsel, N Surendran, at the high court registry.

He named the Home Minister and the superintendent of the Taiping detention centre as respondents, citing as ground that he needed immediate treatment for his leg which was swollen, black and in terrible pain.

“I’m a diabetic for 14 years. No diabetic diet was given to me in the 15 months that I’ve been in detention. In fact I was served food containing sugar in the Malay cooking style. This has further aggravated my health condition,” he said in his affidavit.

He said his left leg was in terrrible pain and was still black and swollen. He feared that it might turn gangrenous and be amputated if he continued to remain in jail and was denied medical treatment free from the police special branch and the Kamunting camp.

Uthayakumar has been detained at the Kamunting detention camp, Perak, since 13 Dec last year for involvement in street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur on 25 Nov and for making seditious statements against the government.

Uthayakumar’s three previous habeas corpus applications were dismissed by the Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh high courts on 26 Feb, 8 Sept and 17 Sept last year.

His appeals in the first two had also been dismissed by the Federal Court. — Bernama


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