Maria Chin, freed from Sosma, still subject to police probe

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PETALING JAYA: Despite being released from a 10-day detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), Maria Chin Abdullah said she still remained under police investigation.

According to a report by Malaysiakini, the Bersih 2.0 chairperson said she was not sure what to expect next.

“They took a statement (from me) and said they will release me. They also said a different set of investigations will carry on.

“(I’m) no longer (being probed) under Sosma, but I am not sure what they are going to do. I just don’t know,” she was quoted as saying by the news portal.

Maria said police had even questioned her again today before her release regarding Bersih 2.0’s funding and she claimed they were unsatisfied with her response.

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“They were not happy with my answers — about Bersih’s account, Global Bersih, the whole George Soros thing. They think that we still have connections.

“But they have taken most of our things (during the raid) and they should know by now.”

Bersih 2.0’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya was raided by police on Nov 18.

Police had then left with several boxes of documents and arrested Maria and her colleague, Mandeep Singh, after the raid.

Her release today is just a day before a habeas corpus hearing to challenge her detention under Sosma.

Meanwhile, Maria said she felt sorry about the police raid on women’s rights group Empower this afternoon.

“They think Bersih’s accounts were placed at Empower’s office. I kept telling them ‘no’ as we had taken everything from Empower when we moved to the new office.”

Empower, which was formerly led by Maria, is currently being investigated under Section 124(c) of the Penal Code for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.