Nurul Izzah freed, no further remand
Nurul Izzah Anwar was freed on police bail at about 1pm without being further remanded, Malaysiakini reports. She had spent the night in Jinjang lockup after the police had arrested her for her involvement in the Kita Lawan rallies to free her father, and for remarks she had made about the judciary.
Police had driven her to her residence without going to magistrate’s court this morning to seek an extension of her remand. Late last night, the Inspector-General of Police had said she would be freed after her statement was taken. But her lawyer said the investigating officer had told him his instructions from “higher-ups” had been to put her in remand and to seek further remand.
Nurul Izzah’s arrest made international headlines, and drew a response from the US State Department, which expressed serious concern about freedom of expression, rule of law, and the independence of the judicial system; the US urged Malaysia to apply the rule of law fairly, transparently, and apolitically.
MIC Youth chief C Sivarajjh said Nurul Izzah’s “broke the camel’s back for me” and added that “something must have gone wrong somewhere”.