Do we stand by Selvach or, once again, look the other way and leave him to his own devices?

Posted on January 17, 2013



Do you all remember death in custody No. 1805, Guna?

If you don’t read THIS to refresh your memory.

Some of you may recall reading that inquest proceedings into Guna’s death whilst detained at the Sentul police station were initiated as a result of pressure from the family and civil society.

There were 23 witnesses at the inquest including three very brave men who had come forward to testify as to what they witnessed on that day.

Though all three men were concerned for their own safety, upon persuasion from civil society, they put aside those fears and testified as to the events on the said date.

They gave evidence in no uncertain terms that the beatings the deceased received at the hands of the police caused or, at the very least, contributed to Guna’s death.

Selvach Santhiran was one of those witnesses. If you would like to read what his evidence was, go HERE.

On the very day the verdict in the Guna inquest was pronounced, Selvach was assaulted and arrested by police at home.

He was then detained under the Langkah-Langkah Pencegahan Khas and was detained in Pusat Pemulihan Akhlak Batu Gajah. He was released some time last month.

The Civil trial regarding the death of Guna brought by the family has been scheduled to proceed to trial from the 21st to the 25th of this month before Justice Datin Yeoh Wee Siam at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Selvach has once again been subpoenaed by counsel representing the family of the Guna.

The last time Selvach gave evidence in court he had to pay a heavy price.

He was incarcerated and put away from his family for the last two years.

This time around we must not fail this man.

We must ensure his safety to and from the court to testify as to what he witnessed on the evening that Guna died.

The truth in this matter must prevail.

Are we going to sit by and do nothing as in the last time or are we going to be proactive and prevent an injustice from happening this time around?