Nurul Izzah looks at legal action for her “unlawful arrest”

Malaysian member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar was on Tuesday (March 18) contemplating legal action for her “unlawful arrest and detention”.

She called it a tactic to intimidate the opposition.

Ms Nurul Izzah, a lawmaker from the Lembah Pantai area of capital Kuala Lumpur, was freed on police bail after being held overnight for alleged sedition over a speech that criticised her father Anwar Ibrahim’s imprisonment for sodomy. 

“I maintain that my arrest and detention was completely unnecessary, malicious, unlawful and an assault on the institution of Parliament,” she said in a statement on Tuesday, The Star reported.

She claimed the government was in contempt of the courts by using provisions of an act that has been found unconstitutional by the courts, as well as in contempt of parliament by using the Sedition Act on a lawmaker for a speech in the Parliament.

Critics have said the government has used the law to silence dissent, preventing open debate and discussion, Reuters reported. 

Police said Ms Nurul Izzah’s arrest was prompted by her “contemptuous remarks” last week.

She had told parliament that “those in the judiciary system had sold their souls to the devil”, in a reference to Anwar’s conviction.

Source: The Star, Reuters


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