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Zunar to challenge IGP over travel ban

 | October 17, 2016

Controversial cartoonist says police have no right to impose the ban as only the court has the right.

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PETALING JAYA: Controversial cartoonist Zunar will challenge the travel ban imposed on him after discovering that the order came directly from the nation’s top cop, Khalid Abu Bakar.

Speaking to FMT, Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, said he was stopped from boarding his 3pm flight to Singapore today, where he was scheduled to attend a forum.

“The Immigration officers told me that my name has been blacklisted for special reasons.

“When I checked further, the system showed that the directive came from the Inspector-General of Police.

“I will file a suit to challenge the travel ban as he (IGP) has no right to stop me from leaving the country. Only the court does.

“Even then, I have not been convicted of any offence. My cases are still ongoing.”

Zunar added that he would consult his lawyer for the next appropriate move, especially as he had future engagements overseas.

At press time, Khalid had yet to comment.

Zunar is well known for his cartoons that have mocked the Barisan Nasional government and the allegedly corrupt national institutions.

He has been charged with nine sedition charges, including for alleging that former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction was marred with judicial bias and government intervention.


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