‘Maria Chin not de­tained due to ter­ror links’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah was not de­tained un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma) due to links to ter­ror­ism ac­tiv­i­ties.

Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed said the scope of Sosma is wide and is not only re­stricted to de­tain­ing sus­pects linked to ter­ror­ism.

“Sosma is ac­tu­ally an en­abling act to the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code (CPC). She was charged un­der CPC, but Sosma was used as an en­abler to as­sist po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate her,” he said.

“Sosma is not only re­stricted to ter­ror­ism ac­tiv­i­ties. It also in­cludes ac­tiv­i­ties detri­men­tal to par­lia­men­tary democ­racy,” he told re­porters at the Par­lia­ment lobby here.

Maria Chin was de­tained un­der Sosma fol­low­ing her ar­rest last Fri­day, a day be­fore the Ber­sih 5 rally took place.

Un­der Sosma, she can be de­tained for 28 days.

Nur Ja­zlan, how­ever, re­mained mum when asked which party was re­spon­si­ble in call­ing for Maria Chin to be de­tained un­der Sosma.

Not want­ing to go into de­tails, Nur Ja­zlan said the po­lice had fol­lowed the proper pro­ce­dures be­fore tak­ing any ac­tion against Maria Chin.

“The Home Min­istry only han­dles is­sues in­volv­ing pol­icy, while po­lice are re­spon­si­ble for the op­er­a­tional is­sues,” he added.

Ear­lier in the House, Nur Ja­zlan said the min­istry could not re­spond to com­ments on Maria Chin’s de­ten­tion as the mat­ter has been taken to court.

“The deputy min­is­ter (Nur Ja­zlan) was pur­posely try­ing to avoid a dif­fi­cult ques­tion ... We want a re­sponse so that we can ask sup­ple­men­tary ques­tions re­gard­ing the mat­ter,” Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) said. – by Haikal Jalil

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