‘We may re-ar­rest Maria’

> IGP: Ad­e­quate info gath­ered but probe still on­go­ing

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

KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice may re-ar­rest Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah, if needed, un­der the Peace­ful Assem­bly Act (PAA 2012).

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said po­lice have gath­ered enough in­for­ma­tion from Maria Chin dur­ing her de­ten­tion un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma), but po­lice can re-ar­rest her if needed for fur­ther in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

“We re­leased Maria Chin early be­cause we have gath­ered ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion from her. How­ever, in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still on­go­ing. We will sub­mit the In­ves­ti­ga­tion Pa­per to At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s cham­bers soon,” he told re­porters af­ter wit­ness­ing the hand­ing over of 10 units of Kawasaki KLX250 mo­tor­cy­cles to be used by East­ern Sabah Se­cu­rity Com­mand.

Maria Chin, who was de­tained for 10 days, was re­leased on Mon­day – a day be­fore a habeas cor­pus hear­ing chal­leng­ing her de­ten­tion in the KL High Court.

On the raid at the Em­power of­fice on Mon­day, Khalid said it was be­cause they had found ev­i­dence that showed the NGO re­ceived fund­ing from for­eign bod­ies, such as the Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tion.

“The raid was be­cause Em­power was Maria Chin’s old of­fice and we re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that they are re­ceiv­ing funds from for­eign bod­ies,” he said adding that in­ves­ti­ga­tions also showed in­volve­ment of other for­eign bod­ies as well.

When asked why the Em­power staff were locked in their of­fice dur­ing the raid, Khalid said this was nor­mal pro­ce­dure for them to be present while the po­lice raided.

“This is to en­sure there is no al­le­ga­tion later that things have been stolen from the premises dur­ing the raid,” he added.

Mean­while, Maria Chin said Khalid’s state­ment that she could be re-ar­rested should be la­belled as a threat to her.

“I wouldn’t dis­count a sec­ond ar­rest be­cause it is ac­tu­ally un­der the PAA so we will see but I think that is a threat,” she said out­side the KL High Court.

“They must give us a rea­son. What’s the rea­son for ar­rest­ing un­der PAA when ev­ery­thing went peace­fully?” she asked.

Maria Chin also re­vealed that she had re­ceived another death threat re­cently in the form of a note and a live bul­let.

“On my ta­ble yes­ter­day was an en­ve­lope and in­side it con­tained a threat­en­ing note to me and my fam­ily as well as a live bul­let,” she said.

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