Malaysian arrested over Facebook insults
Malaysian authorities have arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly posting provocative remarks on Facebook about the royal family of a southern state, his brother said on 4 November.
Ahmad Abd Jalil was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on 2 November but handed to police in Johor where he may have to beg forgiveness from the sultan, according to his brother. Ahmad’s arrest is at least the third in two years related to the Johor royal house.
The Facebook user was arrested under the Sedition Act, which has been justified as necessary to curb racial conflict in the multicultural nation and the government announced to delete soon.
Ahmad’s lawyer, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, explained that he couldn't talk with his relatives since being brought to Johor and added that “the alleged crime happened here (Kuala Lumpur) so there is no reason to take him to Johor. They should just take his statement and let him go, this is not a violent crime.”
“Police told the family they may take Ahmad to the palace to beg the Sultan’s pardon and then they can drop the case but that is highly unconstitutional”, she explained.
Ahmad’s family called today for his release, alleging the government is violating his free-speech rights. Besides, his sister explained that the family still don't know what the offensive postings against the sultan were.
According to his sister, Malaysian police is pursuing the case under the Communications and Multimedia Act for improper use of the Internet.
"This is too much. He has a right to free speech and he should be freed immediately. There should be no charges against him," she told the Associated Press.