KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang asked today if Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah will be arrested again after her release from her detention under the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) yesterday.
The DAP parliamentary leader said such a move, if taken after Maria’s hearing on the habeas corpus to challenge her detention this afternoon is disposed, would be “vicious, vengeful and vindictive”.
“If Maria Chin is re-arrested, then the authorities will be doubly vicious, vengeful and vindictive,” he said in a statement.
The Gelang Patah MP also asked if Maria’s release was because of her court hearing today or whether the authorities had conceded that she was not a threat to national safety.
Police detained 60-year-old Maria on November 18 under Section 124C of the Penal Code that criminalises the attempt to commit activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, and invoked Sosma for the arrest.
The Sosma permits the police to hold individuals for up to 28 days without trial.
She was, however, released at about 4.30pm yesterday on the 11th day of her detention.
Lawyer Eric Paulsen, when contacted, told Malay Mail Online that Maria’s hearing would still go later at 2pm as there were “some issues to be explored”.