Parti Amanah Negara Youth vice-chief Shazni Munir Mohd Ithnin has been remanded for two days for allegedly making seditious remarks.
Amanah’s deputy Youth chief Faiz Fadzil, who is also a lawyer, told Malaysiakini police had applied to the Magistrate's Court for a four-day remand order.
“However, the magistrate granted only two days until tomorrow (April 6),” he said.
Meanwhile, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who is also the lawyer representing Shazni, said the police requested for the extension to recover the mobile phone allegedly used by Shazni to spread seditious statements.
He reportedly called for the government to be toppled through large-scale riots via social media (an allegation that he denied). He had also lodged a police report .
However, Lim clarified that Shazni claimed he lost his mobile phone during the recent anti-GST (goods and services tax) rally held on April 2 in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
The police’s determination to find the evidence is so relentless that they have brought Shazni to his residence to conduct a search.
Lim said he found out about the incident when Shazni’s younger brother informed him.
“As this case is regarding a press statement that he (Shazni) issued, it shouldn’t have been necessary for the police to enter his home and harass his family members to seek evidence,” said Lim.
“Shazni is not a criminal who used a weapon to hurt someone, or a (thief) who stole and hid the goods at his home.
“This matter is concerning a press statement which he had admitted releasing to the press,” said Lim, adding that he will discuss the issue with police investigating officer Zainol Aazizi tomorrow.
There were photos taken today which showed Shazni being clad in the standard orange prison garb.
The Amanah Youth veep, who has been suffering from gout for the past three years, also seemed grateful at being granted access to his gout medication.
Despite that, Shazni lamented about the condition of the lock-up, which has clogged toilets and lacks clean water for prayers.
Lim said the police have pledged to look into the matter.
Shazni was picked up by the Dang Wangi police and investigated under Section 124C of the Penal Code for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.
He is also being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act.
A candlelight vigil was held by about 40 supporters last night.