The government today refused to answer questions regarding Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah’s detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) by citing sub judice.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed told the Dewan Rakyat that the government will not comment on the controversial preventive detention, which can last up to 28 days, due to a habeas corpus writ filed in court earlier today challenging the detention under the anti-terrorism law.
“I just received information that a habeas corpus application is filed, so anything I say will be considered sub judice,” he said.
Maria was arrested on November 18, one day before the Bersih 5 rally, and is reportedly being held in solitary confinement.
“I already had an answer prepared (for the arrest),” he said, but did not read out the answer due to the sub judice element.
Source : RAM ANAND@The Malay Mail Online