The chief editor of Malaysia’s leading independent news portal was charged in court on Friday over “offensive” content in a video featuring a prominent dissident, a move some observers say is aimed at intimidating the public on the eve of a huge anti-government rally.
Steven Gan, the chief editor and co-founder of the Malaysiakini portal, pleaded not guilty in a newly formed cyber court to four charges under the country’s Communication and Multimedia Act.
The video in question featured footage of a press conference with Khairuddin Abu Hassan, a former member of the ruling National Front coalition who quit his position over Prime Minister Najib Razak’s alleged role in the long-running scandal involving state-owned fund 1MDB.
Khairuddin demanded that attorney general Apandi Ali resign over his handling of the multi-billion-dollar scandal. Najib has denied wrongdoing but there has been an ongoing crackdown on his critics in recent months.
Truly, Apanadi might want to consider a not too improbable future where something like the CICIG might be instituted in Malaysia .
Given the intrenational reach of the 1MDB theft, getting the UN and other bodies interested will not be difficult.
The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Spanish: Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala, CICIG) is an international body charged with investigating and prosecuting serious crime in Guatemala.
It was created on December 12, 2006, when the United Nations and Guatemala signed a treaty-level agreement setting up CICIG as an independent body to support the Public Prosecutor’s Office (Procuraduría General de la Nación), the National Civilian Police (Policía Nacional Civil) and other state institutions in the investigation of sensitive and difficult cases.
The ultimate goal of CICIG’s work, is to strengthen national judicial institutions, to allow them to continue to confront illegal groups and organized crime in the future. The Commissioner in charge is Iván Velásquez Goméz.
CICIG’s mandate consists of three principal objectives:
First, CICIG shall investigate the existence of illicit security forces and clandestine organizations that commit crimes that affect the fundamental human rights of the citizens of Guatemala, and identify the illegal group structures (including links between state officials and organized crime), activities, modes of operation and sources of financing.
Second, CICIG’s professional personnel shall support the work of Guatemalan institutions, principally the Attorney General in his/her work to investigate and prosecute the individuals involved in the illegal groups. Additionally, CICIG will make recommendations to the Government for the adoption of new public policies and procedures directed at the eradication of these groups and will strengthen the state’s capacity to protect the basic human rights of its citizens.
Third, CICIG shall provide technical assistance to legal institutions in order to leave the Public Prosecutor’s Office and National Civilian Police better equipped to fight organized crime after the conclusion of CICIG’s mandate.
CICIG has the legal ability to support the Public Prosecutor’s Office in criminal prosecutions, and participate as a complementary prosecutor (querellante adhesivo), in conformity with Guatemala’s Code of Criminal Procedure.
CICIG also has legal standing to make administrative complaints against public officials, in particular when the officials have committed acts intended to obstruct its mandate, and it can act as an interested third party in disciplinary procedures initiated against such officials.
In 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations expressed in its resolution, “The situation in Central America: progress in fashioning a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development”, its appreciation to member states that supported the CICIG and urged them to continue their support. Moreover, the General Assembly expressed its appreciation to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for his continued assistance to the Commission and request him “to continue to do so in order that the Commission may successfully carry out its mandate and address the challenges that it faces”.
On March 24, 2009, Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Haroldo Rodas, requested, through a personal letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the extension of CICIG’s mandate for an additional two years. The extension was confirmed on April 15, 2009 when Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sent a personal response to the Minister of Foreign Relations, expressing the UN’s desire to have CICIG continue its work supporting national institutions for another two years. In January, Guatemala’s president Otto Pérez Molinaannounced that he would extend CICIG’s mandate until the end of his term. The mandate was renewed again in April 2015. The CICIG’S current mandate runs through 2017. Notable investigations