The detention of Bersih leader Maria Chin Abdullah under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Act 747) is in accordance with the law, says attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.
Maria was detained to facilitate police investigation on alleged involvement in an activity that could be detrimental to parliamentary democracy, Apandi said in a media statement today.
"Therefore, the detention of Maria Chin Abdullah under Section 4 of Act 747, which aims to assist investigation by the Royal Malaysia Police because she is suspected of being involved in an activity that is detrimental to parliamentary democracy, is in accordance with the law," he added.
Apandi said the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) would give appropriate consideration to the case based on the outcome of the investigation by the police.
He said the AGC was concerned with the people's views and perception on Maria's detention and that it was the responsibility of the chambers to ensure the laws of the country were always respected and enforced accordingly.
He said it should be understood that Sosma is a procedural law which provides provisions for special measures pertaining to arrest, detention and investigation on security offences intended to maintain public order and security in the country.
"The Attorney-General’s Chambers wish to clarify that Section 3 , read together with the First Schedule of Act 747 defines "security offence" as not limited to only offences related to terrorism, but also covers, among others, offences in connection with activities that are detrimental to parliamentary democracy, as provided in Section 124C of the Penal Code," Apandi added.
Maria, 60, was detained under Sosma on the eve of the Bersih 5.0 rally, held in the federal capital last Saturday.
On Nov 22, she filed a habeas corpus application at the High Court, seeking her immediate release from the detention. The court has set Nov 29 to hear the application.