While no longer held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), Maria Chin Abdullah disclosed today that she is still not free from police investigations.
The Bersih 2.0 chairman confirmed her release from the controversial security law after being detained 10 days without trial, but told news portal Malaysiakini she wasn’t sure what to expect next.
“They took a statement [from me] and said they will release me. They also said a different set of investigations will carry on,” she was quoted saying.
Maria said she was questioned again today before her release regarding Bersih 2.0’s funding and claimed the police were dissatisfied with her response.
However, she said the police should know better by now after having raided and seized most of the electoral watchdog’s belongings from its Petaling Jaya, Selangor office.
Maria’s release today is just a day before a habeas corpus hearing to challenge her detention under Sosma.
Police also raided the office of civil society group Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower), which Maria had formerly led and seized six boxes of documents said to be related to its accounts since 2013.
Maria suspects the police searched Empower in the mistaken belief that Bersih 2.0 financial statements may still be kept there when both groups shared the same premises.
“They think Bersih’s account was placed at Empower’s office. I kept telling them ‘no’ as we have taken everything from Empower when we moved to the new office,” she was quoted saying.
Police previously said Maria’s arrest on November 18 was to facilitate an investigation under Section 124C of the Penal Code, which criminalises activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.
Bersih 2.0 entered the police radar after it acknowledged to have previously received a foreign grant from a source its detractors claim was aimed to oust the government of the day.
Maria was reportedly placed in solitary confinement in a windowless cell that was without a mattress and kept permanently lit, preventing her from restful sleep.
Her detention sparked outrage among local and global human rights groups who called for her immediate and unconditional release.
The Inspector-General of Police was previously reported last Friday by Malaysiakinias saying that Maria was subsequently given a mattress and the Muslims’ holy book of the Quran as requested.
Maria is expected to turn up at Dataran Merdeka at about 8pm today.
Source : The Malay Mail Online