Malaysian court upholds remand order against Rayhan
Malaysia's High Court on Thursday upheld a 13-day remand order against Bangladesh citizen Md Rayhan Kabir, who was interviewed in a documentary produced by Al Jazeera.
Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman made the decision after listening to arguments from the Immigration Department Deputy Public Prosecutor, Fazril Sani Mohamed Fadzil, and lawyer C Selvaraja who represented Md Rayhan, according to Malaysian news agency Bernama.
The judge said, “There is no reason for me to review the remand order because the 13-day period is reasonable".
"The investigation officers in their report said that he (Md Rayhan) was remanded for investigations and his arrest also involves the integrity of this country," Judge Datuk Ab Karim added.
Earlier, Selvaraja applied for a review against the remand order on his client which was issued by the Semenyih Special Court for illegal immigrants on Aug 6.
Selvaraja said placing Rayhan on 13-day fresh remand is illogical as he was earlier remanded for 14-day by the Immigration Department.
Md Rayhan was arrested in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur on July 24 following the country’s Immigration Department’s appeal to the public to help track him down after he alleged in the Al-Jazeera documentary entitled “Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown” that Malaysian authorities had mistreated illegal immigrants when implementing the Movement Control Order (MCO).