After police quizzing, Zaid expects sedition charge over article critical of judiciary

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said that he expected to be charged with sedition over his blog post criticising the judiciary. — File pic
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said that he expected to be charged with sedition over his blog post criticising the judiciary. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said today that he expects to be charged with sedition after a police probe over his blog post criticising the judiciary over M. Indira Gandhi’s interfaith custody case.

Zaid said police officers from the Dang Wangi district police headquarters questioned him for about two hours this afternoon over his article titled “My heart goes to you, Indira”.

“Most probably they will charge me under the Sedition Act,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

Zaid said he was accompanied by his lawyers during the sedition investigation, adding that he did not know when the predicted charge will come.

On January 7, Zaid posted on Twitter that he had been asked to call the police over his December 31 blog post regarding the judiciary and Indira’s case.

On December 30 last year, the Court of Appeal reversed a lower court’s order quashing the unilateral conversion of Indira’s three children to Islam, a critical blow to the Hindu mother’s battle against her Muslim ex-spouse.

In a 2-1 decision, the three-judge panel headed by Datuk Balia Yusof Haji Wahi also ruled that the civil courts have no jurisdiction over the Islamic matter, which it said was solely the purview of the Shariah courts.

Zaid subsequently wrote in his blog post that the Hindu mother will not receive any justice from the Shariah courts, and labelled the judges “heartless” for the decision.

On Friday, Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria remarked on critics who labelled judges as “heartless”, accusing them of not taking time to dissect the judgments they disagreed with before criticising the judiciary.

Last year, Zaid was also questioned by police under the Sedition Act over his blog post, but was later charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act for allegedly causing hurt with a blog post calling for Malaysians to rally behind former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in calling for the current prime minister’s early resignation.