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Jahabar and Kay Tat to be freed
Jahabar (in T-shirt) at Dang Wangi station this morning
Publisher Ho Kay Tat and Malaysian Insider chief Jahabar Sadiq will be released on police bail today. The police will not apply to remand them, said their lawyer. On Monday, a magistrate threw out a remand application to detain three other Insider editors.
Their statements are being taken after which they would be released on police bail, Syahredza Johan said on Twitter from Dang Wangi station.
Jahabar and Kat Tat were held overnight in the lockup after being arrested yesterday when they had came to the police station to see to the three editors arrested on Sunday and to give their statements. Lionel Morais, Amin Iskandar and Zulkifli Sulong were freed on police bail yesterday after police remand applications failed.
Two sub-editors, a reporter, the human resources manager and the IT administrator were also questioned by police yesterday.
In solidarity with arrested editors and publisher
Malaysia journalists wore black today, changed their Facebook profiles photos to black with press freedom slogans, and Malaysiakini used a black-and-white scheme on the front page of their web site as the press continued to show support for Malaysian Insider’s editors and publisher. Five of them were arrested by police on a complaint by Istana Negara, backed by Umno politicians, over a report which they said was false.
Three editors were released on bail yesterday after spending a night in the lockup. A magistrate refused a police application to remand them. Lionel Morais, Amin Iskandar, Zulkifli Sulong joined about 50 other media people and friends at a candle-light vigil outside Dang Wangi police station.
Malaysian Insider editor-in-chief Jahabar Sadiq and publisher Ho Kay Tat were held overnight and
are expected to be brought to court for a remand hearing today were expected to be released on police bail today after the police decided not to apply for a remand order. Yesterday a magistrate rejected an application to detain Lionel, Amin and Zulkifi in the lockup.
Malaysian media activist groups have condemned the police and government for the arrests.