And Wan Ahmad Farid says no untoward incident in Anwar's arrest? I have chosen to cite the report quoting the Deputy Home Minister not just because I'm still blogging from Terengganu (WAF's home state) but because of how nonchalant he sounds about the way DSAI was arrested."Dad was on his way back home to have lunch .... but the cops blocked off the road and arrested him like a criminal. And the cops who arrested him were Special Squad cops with balaclavas!!!
"Is that necessary!!! "- Nurul Izzah's blog, here.
General July 16, 2008 20:55 PM
Anwar Not Roughened Up During Arrest, Says Wan Ahmad Farid
KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Bernama) -- Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was not roughened up when he was arrested by police Wednesday, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh.
He said when arrested, Anwar cooperated with the police and voluntarily got into the police car.
"I think no untoward incident happened and Anwar is now in police custody," he said when met by reporters at the parliament lobby.
On the objection to Anwar's arrest by PKR MPs who deemed it inhumane, he said the arrest was not in contravention of the law as a warrant had been issued for the purpose.
"The opposition has never agreed with any action by the police. The warrant had been issued and police were only doing what they should.
"Whatever it is, Anwar cooperated and there was no untoward incident."
Wan Ahmad Farid said Anwar should not have returned home after giving his statement to the Anti-Corruption Agency today, but should instead have gone straight to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters (IPK KL) before 2pm.
"What is the difference, 20-30 minutes? But the warrant of arrest had been issued," he said on Anwar's arrest before 2pm, the time given by police for Anwar to appear at the IPK KL to assist in the investigations into the sodomy allegation against him.
Even the most pro-PDRM among the bloggers I spoke with on the phone today said the cops' modus operandi high-handed and totally unnecessary.
Will our cops ever learn?
Will they send the balaclavas if RPK fails to show up at the KL police headquarters at 10 tomorrow morning? [The Malaysia Today editor is expected to be charged in court over a Statutory Declaration he filed implicating the DPM's wife in the murder of Altantuya Shaaribuu]. Read here.
Latest on Star On-line: Anwar taken to the Royal ward at HKL for tests an hour ago, read here.