More views on Anwar’s arrestPosted: July 17, 2008
Video taken in front of IPK. Sourced from Anil Netto’s blog HERE.
Malik Imtiaz says this:
We should remain calm and await further developments. From media reports, it would seem that Anwar Ibrahim was prepared for this and has lawyers at the ready. If he is being arrested in connection with the alleged sodomy, then he should be brought before a magistrate within 24 hours and be charged unless a remand order is obtained to allow for further investigation. The offence is bailable and I see no reasonable basis for bail being refused.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar:
“What we demand now is for authorities to treat Anwar with dignity and rights accorded to our citizens. His freedom must not be restricted and all due process of law must be followed.”
“There should not be indications of evidence or witnesses being tampered with. I hope Anwar Ibrahim will be given a fair day in court and justice must be served. If the accusation is false he must be released without condition.”
Din Merican, Programme Director for PKR:
In my opinion, this display of arrogance can only come from a government impervious to public criticism of its policies and actions. This attitude has the government shorn of its political and moral legitimacy to govern. Legitimacy is needed for effective governance in a democracy. Without it, repression takes over and we are all the worse for it.
“It is a feeling of déjà vu. Of course, now my children are big and I am in Parliament. But I feel it should not have happened this way.”
“I have a fear because, although they guarantee his safety, it was the same thing that they said before but it didn’t happen.”
In arresting Anwar Ibrahim outside his Bukit Segambut home just before 1 pm today, the police are being most provocative, unprofessional and untrustworthy.
The arrest was highly provocative and uncalled for. The police had acted outside the bounce of their power. It was unnecessary to arrest Anwar since he had agreed to attend the investigation.
“The police already have a warrant to arrest Anwar to facilitate investigations into the sodomy allegation. We leave it to the police to handle the case. Let the police do their job. Do not interfere in police matters.”
“Why? Are the police being manipulated by Barisan Nasional and Umno? This is an abuse of due process.”
“Don’t test the people’s patience.”
“What is Syed Hamid Albar, the Home Minister’s, stand? Who gave the order? Is it the IGP?”
“I request action be taken against the IGP. The cruelty that was taken will damn the country’s security system.”
“The question I want to know, as a representative of the people, the people of Jerlun: Did Datuk Seri Anwar commit sodomy or didn’t he?”
“I believe Datuk Seri Anwar did. Certainly he did commit this ‘keji’ act.”
Updates available from Haris’ The People’s Parliament HERE.