Government Loses Suit Against Ambiga, 14 Others Over Bersih 3.0 Rally

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Jan: The High Court here Friday dismissed a suit filed by the government against former Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga and 14 other fellow committee members over the Bersih 3.0 rally.

The government sued them on May 15, 2012, claiming that Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, 2012 had caused damage to public property.


In the suit, it seeks special compensation amounting to RM110,543.27 as costs to repair damaged police vehicles, other costs, interests and other relief deemed fit by the court.

It is also seeking a declaration that the defendants, as organisers of the Bersih 3.0 rally, had violated Section 6 (2)(g) of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 as they had the responsibility, among others, of ensuring that the gathering would not cause damage to public property.

Judge Datuk John Louis O’Hara held that the plaintiff’s (government) claim could not be proved on the evidence tendered before him on a balance of probabilities.
He also rejected the government’s claim for a declaration, special damages and interest.


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