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MP: Umno lapdog IGP lied about Nurul Izzah

Tue 2015-Mar-17 @ MYT 12:30:34 pm
IGP: Izzah’s arrest under Sedition Act for ‘contemptuous remarks that those in the judiciary had sold their souls to the devil’

• 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.

At the police station. Malaysian Insider photo

Nurul Izzah voluntarily attended at IPD Dang Wangi [on Monday] at 2 pm to have 2 statements recorded – the first by one Insp Ridzuan in relation to a Kita Lawan gathering on 14th Feb and a second one in relation to the sedition investigation on her speech in Parliament last week which was being handled by one ASP Muniandy from Bukit Aman. I had been in SMS communication with Mr Muniandy on her behalf yesterday morning and confirmed the arrangement. Upon arrival at IPD Dang Wangi, we met and spoke to Muniandy and confirmed that once Nurul Izzah had completed the statement to Insp Ridzuan, she would then have her statement recorded for the sedition act investigation handled by him.

Nurul Izzah at the police station on Monday. [Photo: Fahmi Fadzil via Malaysiakini]

Nurul Izzah at the police station on Monday. [Photo: Fahmi Fadzil via Malaysiakini]

Nurul Izzah completed her statement to Insp Ridzuan for the Kita Lawan gathering by 3 pm and we were ready to start the sedition investigation statement. Instead of recording her statement, ASP Muniandy then informed us that his instructions were to arrest her first, do her arrest documentation and then record her statement. When I asked if she would be released after that, he refused to commit himself, saying he would have to get instructions from his superiors in Bukit Aman.

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.

Khalid Bakar's statement at 10.30pm on Monday nightNurul Izzah arrest sheet

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