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TMI trio freed, two bosses still detained

The three The Malaysian Insider editors arrested in a raid at the portal's office yesterday are now free after police failed to secure a remand order.

TMI said managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa news editor Amin Iskandar and features and analysis editor, Zulkifli Sulong were released at 8.20pm from Dang Wangi police station.

The portal's chief executive Jahabar Sadiq and The Edge publisher Ho Kay Tat, who were picked up this morning, remain in custody with the remand hearing scheduled for tomorrow.

"The arrest is unacceptable, because we have cooperated since day one. I don't think we should be here in the first place," Amin said after his release.

The journalists are arrested over a TMI report claiming the Conference of Rulers rejected the hudud.

The keeper of rulers' seal denied this.

We are professionals

Asked if the portal stands by the article Morais said: "I cannot comment on that as (it is) under investigations."

"We are professionals, we try to do the best we can, we try to be as accurate as possible," he said.

Lionel, Zulkifli and Amin ( right in picture ) were arrested yesterday, after police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission raided the TMI office in Petaling Jaya.

They are being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 and Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948.

Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 concerns the improper use of network facilities or network service, which is punishable with a fine of up to RM50,000 or imprisonment up to a year or both.

Section 4 concerns the uttering, publication, importing of seditious material or committing acts that have seditious tendency, which is punishable with a fine of up to RM5,000 or imprisonment up to three years or both.

Jahabar and Ho were also arrested this morning after presenting themselves at the Dangi Wangi district police headquarters for questioning.

TMI is part of The Edge Media Group.

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