Candlelight vigil for hubby lands activist’s wife in soup with cops

Nadzirah Yaakop was called by police here today to answer 34 questions on a candlelight vigil for her detained husband outside the Air Molek Prison in Johor last October. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Nadzirah Yaakop was called by police here today to answer 34 questions on a candlelight vigil for her detained husband outside the Air Molek Prison in Johor last October. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PETALING JAYA, May 26 ― Nadzirah Yaakop is under police investigation for alleged violation of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 over a candlelight vigil for her detained husband outside the Air Molek Prison in Johor last October.

It has been seven months since the vigil, but the wife of Khalid Ismath was called by police here today to answer 34 questions on the gathering, said to be in solidarity with the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) activist who was accused of sedition over allegedly insulting the Johor monarchy.

“Some of the questions include details of the gathering organiser, when it was held and if I had taken part in it and gave a speech and if I did, did my speech contain seditious elements,” Nadzirah told reporters outside the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters here.

She added that the police also asked if there were children present at the gathering and if there were placards condemning the Sedition Act 1948 and demanding Khalid's freedom.

“I was also asked if I knew those holding the placards and if my friends had also participated,” Nadzirah said.

She was accompanied by her husband and lawyer Hannan Ishak.

The lawyer who was present with Nadzirah during the questioning described the investigation as as a form of police intimidation.

“We don't like what they are doing… why take her statement now after few months? We asked this and they could not answer it,” Hannan told reporters.

Khalid said his wife had been contacted by the Johor police to record her statement but the couple asked to be interviewed in Selangor instead as they both live in Petaling Jaya.

Khalid is facing a total of 14 charges under the Sedition Act and the Communications and Multimedia Act for allegedly making inflammatory postings against the Johor royalty.

He is currently out on bail and has surrendered his passport to the Johor Baru Sessions Court.

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