PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today dismissed the government's appeal to compel former Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga and the electoral watchdog's then 14 steering committee members to pay for damages incurred during the Bersih 3.0 rally in 2012.
A three-man bench chaired by Judge Datuk Rohana Yusuf unanimously ruled that the government could not rely on the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 to launch a civil claim over the street rally.
The Court of Appeal's decision affirmed the Kuala Lumpur High Court's verdict which also dismissed the suit against Ambiga and the 14 other respondents.
On Jan 30 last year, the High Court dismissed the government's suit, made under Section 6(2)(g) of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 for the alleged failure by Ambiga and the 14 others to ensure that the rally did not cause property damage.
The government had sought general damages, costs, interest and other relief deemed fit by the court, amounting to RM110,543.27.
The government's suit was the first case where the it had used the PAA against rally organisers.