Rapper Namewee released

 |Aug 25, 2016
Namewee released after George Town Magistrate's Court refused to extend his remand period.
Namewee released after George Town Magistrate’s Court refused to extend his remand period.

Controversial rapper Namewee would walk a free man later at 5pm after the George Town Magistrate Court’s dismissed police application to extend his remand order today.

Assistant Court Registrar Ahmad Tajudin Zaini has actually ordered the police to release Namewee immediately after refusing to extend the rapper’s remand period.

However, the rapper was instead taken away by police in a car to the city police headquarters in Jalan Patani, George Town.

Namewee’s lawyer T. Tharuma said his client would be released at 5pm later pending the expiration of his four day remand order.

Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, was remanded for past four days to assist police investigation under Section 295 of the Penal Code into his controversial music video “Oh My God” that had allegedly insulted Islam.

Earlier at 8.30am on Thursday morning, he was brought handcuffed to the court house.

The court made the decision not to extend the remand order after nearly four hours.

City police chief ACP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said Namewee would be released later on police bail, adding that the investigating officer had referred the case to the prosecution director and would do the same later to the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Putrajaya for further instructions on the case.

The 33-year-old Namewee was arrested after he landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Taiwan on Aug 21 and was taken to George Town police headquarters for investigation.

The four-minute musical clip ‘Oh My God’ was directed and produced by Namewee for Taiwanese band Nine-One-One.

The musical video was shot in several places of worship in Penang.

The police have also put out an Interpol notice for the Taiwanese band members to assist with the investigation.

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Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.