STATEMENT DATED 2 MAY 2015
ARREST OF HAKAM PRESIDENT & OTHERS
The police had this morning made an application to the Magistrate’s Court in Jinjang for a 4 day remand of HAKAM’s President Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, PSM’s Secretary-General Mr Arulchelvam, MP Mr Anthony Loke and MP Dr. Mohd. Hatta Bin Ramli, arising from ongoing investigations against them in respect of the May 1st Workers’ Day Rally. The Magistrate had upon hearing submissions from parties, refused the grant of the remand order. The refusal was on the ground that the Investigating Officer (IO) was unable to produce any cogent ground or justification for the remand. The Magistrate had asked the IO to submit on why investigations by the police could not be done without a remand order in place. The Magistrate also noted that all four detainees had availed themselves for questioning when asked by the police and as such, the detainees have shown that they were willing and ready to cooperate with police investigations.
Errata: HAKAM would like to correct an error stated in our Statement of 1 May 2015, wherein it was stated that Dato’ Ambiga, Mr Arulchelvam and Mr Anthony Loke had given their statements to the police. It transpired that only Dato’Ambiga’s statement was recorded. Notwithstanding the urgency placed by the police requiring Mr Arulchelvam and Mr Anthony Loke to present themselves at the Dang Wangi Police District Headquarters (IPD Dang Wangi) on the evening of 1 May 2015, the police did not take any statement from the two of them after they made themselves available for questioning. The two gentlemen were kept waiting at the IPD Dang Wangi for more than 4 to 5 hours before being transported to the lockup in Jinjang without any substantive questioning or statements taken.
The said three persons arrested from last night and Dr Hatta who was arrested this morning were produced before the Magistrate this morning at about 11am.
HAKAM is heartened by the refusal of the Magistrate to grant the remand order applied by the police. That notwithstanding, we note with concern that immediately after her release, Dato’Ambiga was immediately informed that the police required her to turn up at IPD Dang Wangi at 4pm today for further questioning. We hope that the police will proceed with their continued investigation against Dato’Ambiga efficiently and professionally, and that she will be able to return home to rest after the ordeal of detention last night.
Issued on behalf of HAKAM Executive Committee
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- Opposition leaders, activists detained 10 hours, questioned 10 minutes [3 May 2015]
- Ambiga, 3 others freed after a night in lock-up [2 May 2015]