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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Zunar arrested for sedition after exhibition thrashed



Political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque (Zunar) has been arrested for sedition for holding an exhibition on cartoons that allegedly insulted Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Zunar was also arrested under Section 504 of the Penal Code which deals with intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.
He was earlier asked to give a statement at the Northeast Police headquarters in Jalan Pattani.
According to Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, police will now confiscate his artworks.
"Police will now go to Komtar together with Zunar to confiscate all his artworks. The location is at Asia Comic Museum Komtar level 3," Sim said.
Seri Delima assemblyperson RSN Rayer is representing Zunar.
Northeast district police chief ACP Meor Farid Alatrash has confirmed the arrest.
"He will be detained 24 hours to assist in investigation.. if the probe is not complete, we shall seek a remand order tomorrow morning."
This is Zunar's 10th arrest under the Sedition Act. He currently faces nine charges amounting to 43 years' jail, if convicted.
Zunar also faces a travel ban pending his trial.
Yesterday, Zunar's exhibition in Komtar was disrupted by a group of 30 Umno members led by Penang Umno Youth chief Rafizal Abdul Rahim.

They kicked down and damaged two of his artworks.. Zunar claimed four punches were hurled at him and they pulled his collar but he managed to avoid them.
Rafizal warned his members would use force on Zunar should he continue his exhibition which was supposed to be held until Dec 2.
Rafizal alleged Zunar's artwork was an insult to Najib, who is also BN and Umno chief.- Mkini

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