No need to arrest Sidek Kamiso twice, says Bar Council

Source: The Star Online

Malaysian Bar Council vice-president George Varughese. Pic by The Star Online.

Malaysian Bar Council vice-president George Varughese. Pic by The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: There was no need to arrest former journalist Sidek Kamiso for his tweet and seek a four-day remand order, said Malaysian Bar Council vice-president George Varughese (pix).

On Sept 19, Sidek was arrested under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which criminalises online content deemed offensive for his comments over the death of PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din.

The second arrest took place on Sept 29 when Sidek was asked to go to Dang Wangi police station to record a statement for an alleged offence under Section 298A of the Penal Code, which punishes those who cause religious disharmony.

“The police could have called Sidek Kamiso in for questioning, as was done on Sept 29, 2016.  Moreover, since the alleged offences arise from the same tweet, the police ought to have had sufficient information after the first arrest to determine the veracity of any subsequent complaint.

“The second arrest appears to have been unnecessary. Although the two arrests were for two different offences, both arrests were premised on the same tweet,” said Varughese in a statement on Monday.

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The Police Must Not Misuse Investigative and Detentive Powers — Malaysian Bar

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Press Release

The Police Must Not Misuse Investigative and Detentive Powers

Logo-majlis-peguam-malaysia-malaysian-bar-councilThe Malaysian Bar is perturbed by the arrest of Sidek Kamiso and the handling of the police investigations against him for an allegedly insulting tweet on 16 September 2016, purportedly concerning the death of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Haron Din.

Sidek Kamiso was initially arrested at 4:30 am on 19 September 2016 at his home in Petaling Jaya for an alleged offence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which criminalises online content deemed offensive.  In the pre-dawn raid, four policemen in plain clothes and in an unmarked vehicle allegedly jumped over the gate of Sidek Kamiso’s house and repeatedly banged on the front door before gaining entry.  The policemen then searched his house in his wife’s presence, while their children — aged 10 and 14 — and a guest aged 12 locked themselves in another room fearing a robbery due to the commotion that ensued during the search.  This episode left the entire household, including the young guest, in fear, shock and disbelief.

After the search, Sidek Kamiso was instructed to get into the unmarked vehicle and was handcuffed en route to a police station on Jalan Tun Razak.  He was only allowed to make a brief call to his wife at about 10:30 am.  Thereafter, he was taken to Johor Bahru and produced in court at about 3:00 pm, during which time the investigating officer applied for a 4-day remand order, ostensibly so that the police could continue with their investigations.  However, the Magistrate refused the remand application, on the grounds that it was an abuse of the court process. Read more

Former journo arrested again over Haron Din tweet

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Sidek Kamiso now detained at Dang Wangi district police headquarters for allegedly causing religious disharmony. Pic taken from FMT News.

Sidek Kamiso now detained at Dang Wangi district police headquarters for allegedly causing religious disharmony. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Former journalist Sidek Kasimo was today arrested and later released on police bail.

According to lawyer Siti Kassim, Sidek was arrested under Section 298(a) of the Penal Code for allegedly causing religious disharmony.

Sidek was arrested at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters where he had been called in to give a statement, Star Online reported.

This is the second time Sidek has been caught over a tweet he had allegedly posted on Sept 16 following the death of former PAS spiritual adviser Haron Din.

In the early hours of September 19, Sidek was nabbed by police at his home in Petaling Jaya, and was eventually taken to Johor.

He was later released after police failed to remand him when the magistrate in Johor dismissed their request, saying it was “an abuse of court process”. Read more

Ex-journalist arrested, accused of insulting Islam

Source: FMT News

Sidek Kamiso was arrested at 4.30am at his house after accusations that he had insulted Islam following the death of PAS stalwart Haron Din. Image taken from FMT News.

Sidek Kamiso was arrested at 4.30am at his house after accusations that he had insulted Islam following the death of PAS stalwart Haron Din. Image taken from FMT News.9

PETALING JAYA: Former journalist Sidek Kamiso has been confirmed to be one of the three arrested by police following accusations of insulting Islam after the death of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din.

Sidek’s lawyer, Siti Kassim, told FMT that police had brought Sidek to Johor Bahru to make a remand request, but also said that she did not know why her client had been arrested and remanded.

“Sidek was brought to Johor Bahru. We have a lawyer in Johor, Roger Chan, who will represent Sidek because I cannot be there,” Siti told FMT.

Siti said police arrested Sidek at 4.30am at his house in Petaling Jaya, and that she did not know which station he was taken to.

“We don’t know where he was taken to. He called his wife later at 10am, saying that he was in Semarak. The number he used to call his family members was from Bukit Aman,” Siti said.

“We don’t know why he was arrested, besides information from police press conferences saying that he had insulted Islam. We’ll identify what Act he’s being arrested under.” Read more