KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11,2014:
Five former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees, including two Pakatan Rakyat leaders, have been ordered to be paid damages amounting to RM4.5 million as a result of their detention in 2011.
They are PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang, Hulu Klang assemblyman Saari Sungib, whose membership has been suspended from PAS, human rights activists Hishamuddin Rais and Badaruddin Ismail, and former independent preacher and PKR member Badrul Amin Baharom.
The five were ordered to be compensated by the Court of Appeal today, which upheld the decision made by the Kuala Lumpur High Court two years ago that they were wrongfully detained.
However, the amount of compensation for damages was reduced from RM15,000 to RM10,000 per day.
All of them were also awarded exemplary damages of RM30,000 while four were awarded RM25,000 for damages resulting from defamation made against them.
The verdict was passed by a a three-man panel led by Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Patail.
The other two judges were Rohana Yusof and Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid.
On Oct 2012, Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan had ordered the government to pay RM4.06 million to the five, with each awarded RM15,000 for each day of detention under Section 73 of the ISA and RM30,000 as aggravated damages.