Monday, September 13, 2010

Bar Council baptism of fire

The mysterious dissapearance of Dato Sosilawati and 3 companions during Ramadhan month was resolved recently, thanks to the quick action of PDRM's investigation team.

The shocking arrest of a Datuk cum lawyer, and an ex-member of Bar Council, his brother; a doctor and  5 others sent tremors and shock waves  through out the nation. The hideous  manner all four victims were put to death, burnt and ashes distributed into the nearby river further infuriate Malaysians. Thus far, this is the most inhumane act of butchery witnessed by Malaysian after Dato' Mokhtar-Mona Fendi case.

All the while Bar Council has kept mum over the issue....thus a good question should be thrown to Bar Council, a body that fights for "freedom of speech, democratic government and fair treatment to ALL citizens" and quick to condemn "trangressional acts" in the past - What is the Council's true stand in this case?

This case is a sort of litmus test to the Council which has been linked to biased views in the past-the case fresh in everybody's mind is the Memeluk Islam aka Murtad seminar (which saw YB Zulkifli Kulim being shown cause letter and later stripped of his PKR's party membership), the championing of Hindraft political cause (ironically too the lawyer involved was a DAP member and a legal representative for Hidraft) and a few demonstrations involving active members of the Council.

The full story from The Star 15 Sept below:-

Two lawyer brothers are the prime suspects in the murder of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others whose bodies were burnt and their ashes strewn in a river near Ladang Gadong, in Tanjong Sepat, here.

Cops are probing if the brothers are also responsible for four more people reported missing.

Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said police were awaiting forensic confirmation on the remains, believed to be that of Sosilawati, the client of the main suspect – a Datuk – said to have been handling a land deal in Penang for the entrepreneur. He owned the farm where the bodies were allegedly burnt after they had been assaulted and stabbed to death.

From initial investigations, police found that the ashes were disposed of at the mouth of a river about 4.2km from the farm. Comm Bakri said the motive of the murder could be business rivalry, debt and a land business deal gone sour. It is learnt that the land in Penang was bought for RM25mil and was to have been re-sold for RM200mil.

Sosilawati was last seen leaving Kuala Lumpur for Banting on Aug 30, with her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, lawyer Ahmad Kamil Karim, 32, and bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38. Their mysterious disappearance attracted much interest.

“Police believe the 41-year-old lawyer was the mastermind behind the disappearances and could have been involved in four other missing persons cases,” Comm Bakri told reporters at the Banting police headquarters yesterday.

The brothers were among eight people arrested in connection with the case. The other six, including two women, aged between 19 and 45, were farmhands.

Police managed to get fresh leads into the case that saw the arrest of the eight, following the co-operation from the public, media and suspects detained earlier.

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