Remand rejected for duo who insulted Haron Din’s death

 |Sep 20, 2016
The duo arrested in Klang Valey, were released by Johor Bahru Magistrates court.
The duo arrested in Klang Valey, were released by Johor Bahru Magistrates court.

Two men arrested by police for allegedly insulting Islam and the passing of the late PAS spiritual leader Haron Din on social media had their remand order rejected by Johor Bahru Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The decision was made by Magistrate Noor Aisyah Ahmad under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code and ordered the police to release the duo immediately.

Defence counsel Roger Chan Weng Keng, who represented the two suspects, told this to reporters outside the court.

He said his clients, aged 62 and 50, were arrested by police in their homes in Klang Valley early Monday and the police kept the suspects in custody for some 12 hours.

One suspect, a former journalist, was picked up in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya and the other was detained in Shah Alam, both 4.30am.

“There are no reasonable excuses to remand them” said Johor-based lawyer Roger Chan.

“No investigations were conducted during custody except for taking my clients pictures”.

The arrests of both the suspects were confirmed by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar in a press conference in Bukit Aman on Monday and added that a third person would be arrested in Ipoh soon.

Haron Din, 76, passed away due to heart complications at a hospital in the United States on Friday.

Many social media users, especially those of Chinese origins, hailed Haron’s death with insulting and racial slurs.

Murali is a contributor to MO. He advocates the principle of practising human rights with responsibility.