PETALING JAYA, Nov 28 – Bersih Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has been freed from detention under the Security Offences (Special Measure) Act 2012 (Sosma) after 10 days of detain. She was released at 5pm today – a day before a habeas corpus hearing challenging her detention was to be heard in the High Court tomorrow.
Maria thanked her supporters and the public for campaigning for her release. Meanwhile, she said she had no idea of how much was being done to fight for my release. She also added that from the bottom of her heart, she would like to thank all of her supporters.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told theSun she was released at 5pm today. Khalid said she was taken to Bukit Aman where her release was processed. The IGP declined further comment. Speaking to reporters at her home, Maria said despite her release, she is mulling further legal action against the authorities over her detention.
“Following the denial of requests to see my family and lawyers during my detention, I am considering legal action for what I feel is illegal detention. When I was in detention, I was being kept in circumstances where I had neither any idea of time nor direction. It was meant to disorientate a person and it is very humiliating for anyone to go through it,” she said, adding that the room she was held in was kept lit 24 hours a day.
She said during her detention, she was interrogated non-stop for hours on various issues including the Global Bersih movement, the Open Source Foundation (OSF), Bersih 2.0’s accounts and its social media management. She also said that for the first three days, she was questioned for almost the entire day, which probably began at about 9am and ended after 6pm.
The 60-year-old mother of three said after the fourth day, the daily interrogation became less … to roughly about six hours. In additional, Maria also said that despite her release, the authorities are still investigating the case and that she could be called up again if necessary.
Maria is scheduled to go out tonight and meet with Bersih 2.0 supporters who have been holding a candlelight vigil on the fringes of Dataran Merdeka over the last week. Police had detained Maria on Nov 18 under Section 124C of the Penal Code that criminalises the attempt to commit activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, and invoked Sosma, which allows them to hold her without trial for up to 28 days.