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DBKL Gets Leave To Appeal Over Ruling Its Officers Unlawfully Tore Down Banners

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PUTRAJAYA – The Federal Court here today granted leave to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to appeal against a ruling that its enforcement officers had unlawfully entered the Bar Council’s premises, about seven years ago and tore down three Human Rights Day banners.

A five-member panel chaired by Federal Court judge Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar allowed DBKL’s application for leave to appeal on one legal question which would be heard and determined by the Federal Court at the appeal proper.

The other judges presiding on the panel were Federal Court judges Datuk Zainun Ali, Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and Court of Appeal judge Datuk Aziah Ali.

The question of law which the Federal Court would determine was whether DBKL by-laws only applied to advertisements which were commercial in nature.

On Sept 26, last year, the High Court ordered DBKL to pay RM12,320 in damages to the Bar Council for trespassing and tearing down the banners which were displayed at the council’s premises, in conjunction with its Human Rights Day celebration. – Bernama

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