Po­lice raid Em­power of­fice

> Bukit Aman’s clas­si­fied crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit be­hind swoop

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM

PETALING JAYA: Po­lice of­fi­cers yes­ter­day raided the Per­sat­uan Kesedaran Ko­mu­niti Se­lan­gor (Em­power) of­fice in Sec­tion 4 here for in­ves­ti­ga­tions into ac­tiv­i­ties detri­men­tal to par­lia­men­tary democ­racy and un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

The raid was con­firmed by a se­nior Se­lan­gor po­lice of­fi­cer who told theSun that the raid was con­ducted by Bukit Aman’s clas­si­fied crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit.

The NGO had taken to Twit­ter yes­ter­day as some 10 of­fi­cers ar­rived at its head­quar­ters and locked them­selves in­side the of­fice.

“Po­lice are not al­low­ing lawyers into our of­fice and have cov­ered all win­dows with paper so those of us out­side can’t see what they’re do­ing in­side,” the NGO tweeted at 1.20pm.

Em­power is a lo­cal NGO that ad­vo­cates jus­tice and democ­racy, and works with women and youth to re­alise their po­ten­tial in ar­eas of pol­i­tics, econ­omy and civil lib­er­ties.

Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah is the founder of Em­power.

A source from the NGO said po­lice used the same pro­ce­dure when they con­ducted a raid on the Ber­sih 2.0 of­fice on Nov 18. The raid lasted about an hour and a half. In the Nov 18 raid on the Ber­sih 2.0 of­fice, po­lice de­tained Maria Chin and the NGO’s sec­re­tariat of­fi­cer Man­deep Singh.

Since then Man­deep has been re­leased and Maria Chin, who was ear­lier ex­pected to be de­tained un­der Sosma for the full length of 28 days, was also re­leased yes­ter­day.

Po­lice of­fi­cers car­ry­ing doc­u­ments and boxes from the Em­power of­fice as the NGO staff look on.

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