Sunday, April 22, 2012
Magistrate denies police remand for arrested student
Police cannot hold student Umar Mohd Azmi who was this morning arrested at Dataran Merdeka for more than 24 hours after a magistrate refused to grant police remand.
The police who had taken Umar to the Jinjang Utara district police headquarters for the request before a magistrate there, had wanted to extend Umar's detention for investigation purposes.
When contacted, lawyer Syahredzan Johan who is acting for the students, said the magistate had acted fairly and stressed that the police must complete its investigation as soon as possible.
"The magistrate said that the police must finish their investigation within 24 hours, and if they want to charge him, they must produce him in court tomorrow where he will be given bail," said Syahredzan.
This, he said, was decided after lawyers screened to the magistrate the student's arrest which is on YouTube.
Syahredzan added that there was no necessity to hold Umar while the investigation was ongoing. "Taking statements, taking fingerprints, all these can be done without detaining Umar," he said.
Umar has since been transported back to Dangi Wangi district police headquarters where he was initially held.
'One release on bail'
Student activists and Occupy Dataran activists have been occupying Dataran Merdeka for the 8th day today but were surprised by a morning raid by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
During the raid, Umar, together with Occupy Dataran activist Fahmi Reza, was arrested under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing public servants from performing their duties and taken to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters.
Meanwhile, in a Twitter update, Syahredzan said that Fahmi had been released on bail without any charges as yet.
The remaining activists are continuing their camp at Dataran Merdeka although most of their necessities and tents have been confiscated by DBKL.