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Lawyer: Accused deprived of right to fair trial

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PETALING JAYA: The lawyer for a Tamil writer charged with allegedly smuggling a migrant wants to challenge a legislation enacted by Parliament.

The legislation was invoked by the prosecution in bringing two depositions against the writer, Vigneswary Murugaiah, who frequently writes about the plight of poor Tamils around the world.

Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran, who is in the team representing her, said Section 61A of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons & Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 is “unfair, unreasonable, oppressive and prejudicial”, and should be struck down.

He said the legal team has filed a constitutional challenge in front of Shah Alam High Court Judge Ghazali Cha to refer the section to the Federal Court.

Vigneswary was arrested on Dec 16, 2015, for allegedly smuggling a migrant under Section 26A of the act.

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