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Govt vs Bersih: Hearing resumes

KUALA LUMPUR: Former officials of Bersih are expected to take the stand at the Federal Court tomorrow when hearing of the government’s suit against the organisation resumes. The government is seeking compensation for damage to properties that were allegedly caused during the Bersih sit-in rally on April 28 2012.

The statement of claim lists 15 vehicles, mostly belonging to the police, that allegedly had to be repaired at a cost of RM122,000.

The government is also seeking a declaration that Bersih breached Section 6(2)(g) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, which calls for the organiser of an assembly to ensure that it does not “endanger health or cause damage to property or the environment.”

National laureate Samad Said is among the former officials who are expected to testify tomorrow.

The 2012 rally, which had an estimated 100,000 participants, was supported by more than 80 organisations, including the Bar Council and Suhakam.

A total of 512 protesters were arrested for various offences.

There were widespread reports of police brutality as well as provocative behaviour by demonstrators.

The rally was Bersih’s third.