MP: Umno lapdog IGP lied about Nurul Izzah
• Sivarasa: IGP lied about release, ASP said ‘higher-ups’ ordered him to detain Nurul Izzah in lock-up overnight and seek further remand
Nurul Izzah Anwar’s lawyer says Khalid Bakar, the inspector-general of police, had lied to the public about Nurul Izzah’s arrest and remand, and accused Khalid and the police of acting under Umno’s instructions.
Sivarasa Rasiah, who is MP for Subang and a vice-president of PKR, said the police officer conducting the sedition case had been ready to take her statement and free her on police bail yesterday. But he was ordered “by higher-ups” to arrest her and detain her overnight in the lockup before taking the statement and to seek a further remand.
He said the statement could have been completed on Monday, and said Khalid Bakar had lied when he said in his statement that Nurul Izzah would be freed after having her statement recorded.
Sivarasa issued a statement this morning giving an account of what had occurred.
However when the arrest documentation was completed (arrest report, with Nurul Izzah being fingerprinted and photographed etc) about 5 pm, when we asked about starting recording her statement, Muniandy now said that his instructions were to remand Nurul Izzah in Jinjang Lockup and that the police would seek a further remand the next morning. Muniandy informed us that he had advised his superiors that he should complete recording Nurul Izzah’s statement and release her on police bail but that his superiors’ instructions were to proceed to remand. When we pressed him who were these superiors, although he did not name them, we were left with a clear impression these instructions were coming from the very top of the police force in Bukit Aman.
Tan Sri Khalid is lying to the public about his instructions to his officers regarding the arrest of Nurul Izzah.
All of us who were present at IPD Dang Wangi today know full well that Nurul Izzah’s statement could have easily have been recorded by yesterday afternoon. We were ready to commence it at 3 pm yesterday.
Khalid Abu Bakar should resign for his shameless lies to the public to attempt to justify his instructions to his officers to remand Nurul Izzah overnight in Jinjang Lockup, a remand which was totally unnecessary.
Khalid should know that it is obvious to all and sundry that his detention of Nurul Izzah has UMNO’s political fingerprints all over it. Unintelligent lies will not make that impression go away.
Unusually, Khalid Bakar issued a press statement late last night — only in English — in which he said Nurul Izzah would be freed after her statement had been recorded. In the press statement he said Nurul Izzah was being detained under the Sedition Act for investigations into the Kita Lawan public rallies [held in KL city centre in support of her jailed father, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim] and for “her contemptuous remark that those in the judiciary had sold their souls to the devil”. Nurul Izzah’s aide Fahmi Fadzil posted photographs of the IGP’s statement and the arrest sheet.