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Jufazli released on police bail, remand denied

 | September 11, 2017

Police had planned to obtain the remand order and fly Jufazli Shi Ahmad back to Tawau following his video concerning a recent spate of fires.

Jufazli and his lawyer in the case Rajsurian Pillai.

Jufazli and his lawyer in the case Rajsurian Pillai.

KOTA KINABALU: Jufazli Shi Ahmad, a youth activist and vocal critic of the Sabah government, was released on bail after the police’s remand application against him in a defamation investigation was declined today.

Jufazli, who is also political secretary to DAP’s Kota Kinabalu MP Jimmy Wong, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur yesterday for slander he allegedly committed on social media regarding a recent spate of fires in Tawau.

Police had planned to obtain the remand order and fly Jufazli back to Tawau for further investigation.

Senior Assistant Registrar of the Kuala Lumpur High Court Saravanan Meyappan declined the remand application.

Jufazli was represented by counsel Morhaneraj Rajakumaran and Rajsurian Pillai during the proceeding.

“Jufazli is out on police bail while investigation into the case is still ongoing,” Rajsurian said.

Jufazli went to the Dang Wangi police headquarters yesterday after learning that police were looking for him.

He was subsequently arrested about 3pm in connection with a police report made in Tawau.

Rajsurian had said police confiscated Jufazli’s mobile phone and later searched a house in Kuala Lumpur where he was staying to look for evidence.

“Jufazli is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for defamation,” Rajsurian said yesterday.

Following Jufazli’s allegedly defamatory statement in a video recording on Facebook, Tawau Municipal Council (MPT) chairman Alijus Sipil was reported to have hit out at the activist for claiming the government and the council masterminded the frequent fire incidents in Sabah’s east coast district.

Alijus was reported to have described the statement made in the hour-long video recording as being irresponsible with baseless allegations.

“MPT, as the third-tier government, is the party responsible for dealing with such a disaster and as such we do not want such a fire to happen often,” he was reported as saying by theSundaily.

Alijus said he had instructed his officers to lodge a police report and seek legal advice on the next course of action.

One of the reasons for the fires in Tawau was that the houses were built close to one another, Alijus reportedly said.

In the latest incident on July 5, it was reported fire had destroyed 60 houses in Kampung Titingan, leaving more than 300 people homeless.

This is the third time 28-year-old Jufazli, from Semporna, is being investigated over the past year.

On Nov 9 last year, he was arrested at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur and investigated for slander, sedition and offences under the Communications and Multimedia Act.

He was detained until Nov 15.

He, however, said he was not prosecuted despite being locked up at the Jinjang police station in Kuala Lumpur and Tawau station in Sabah.

On May 26 this year, he said he received a call from the police regarding a new case initiated against him.

Jufazli was then arrested on June 7 and his statement taken at the Penampang district police headquarters. He was released that same day.

Jufazli was reportedly under investigation for alleged offences under Section 4 of the Sedition Act and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

The activist is a vocal critic, especially over the recent alleged corruption case involving the state’s water department.

A former director of the department and two others have been charged with money laundering involving a total of RM61.48 million.

Jufazli, who joined DAP on June 5, had also announced his intention to run in the Sungai Sibuga state seat, held by Chief Minister Musa Aman, in the coming 14th general election (GE14).

He had said he was giving up his job as a lecturer at a private university to concentrate on fighting for a better Sabah, and that he would be based in Sandakan, where the constituency is located, until the election.

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