Friday, October 21, 2011

Lawyers, academics stand up for Aziz Bari


Constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari's colleagues in the legal and academic fraternity are standing shoulder to shoulder with the professor suspended by the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA).

In a press statement yesterday, the Association of Universiti Malaya Academic Staff (PKAUM) raised objections over the action, calling it a "gross violation of (Abdul Aziz's) academic freedom (and) his general right to expression".

Echoing Abdul Aziz's defence, PKAUM president and associate professor of law Azmi Sharom ( left ), said that the Sedition Act allows for constructive criticism of a ruler.

"In the case of (Abdul) Aziz, what he has done is merely to suggest that a ruler had acted beyond his constitutional bounds.

"This is a legitimate comment with no statement, direct or implied, made to incite hatred against the ruler," the UM lecturer said, calling also for a halt of the police sedition probe against Abdul Aziz….

Comment: Whom UIA fears most? Allah or ?

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