Hatta, Tian and 8 others freed, rest still in remand January 28, 2008Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
(UPDATED 3:00 pm)
35 persons are being charged in court for illegal assembly. Bail has been set at RM 1,000 each. If anyone wants to help with bail for some of these persons, please come to the Jalan Duta Sessions Court before 4 pm with your donation.
Malaysiakini journalist Syed Jaymal, who hasn’t appeared, is expected to face charges of obstructing the police in their work. (Asking questions = obstruction??!!)
Malaysiakini’s headline story last night (updated 9 pm) was “Key players to be charged tomorrow“.
But around 10.30 pm, the third batch of detainees from Saturday’s anti-inflation protest of around 10 persons were released, after they presented their arguments to the magistrate. Initially, the police and DPP wanted to deal (further remand in exchange for family visitation and food from them) but this group refused and sought to argue their cases individually. To their surprise, the magistrate granted their release.
Those released were:- Tian Chua (Information Chief, People’s Justice Party – KeADILan); Dr. Hatta Ramli (Treasurer, Pan-Islamic Party Malaysia – PAS); Ginie Lim (Media Coordinator, KeADILan); Tan Chee Hooi (member, KeADIlan); Jonson Chong (lawyer); Saravanan, Faizal, Azhar, Zamhuri and Mohammad. (Names released by the lawyers)
The detainees were divided in 5 batches. Remand hearings began at two pm and ended past midnight. Unfortunately more than 30 people spent another night in the lockup, including S. Arutchelvan, Mohd Sabu, Dr. Dzulkfli and Malaysiakini reporter, Syed Jaymal. The latter reportedly lodged a police report earlier, after he was punched by the police.
It is expected that more people will be released later today.