Pregnant woman faints after husband detained again under Poca

A-Magaswarie

KUALA LUMPUR: A seven-month pregnant woman fainted in the Magistrate’s Court here today after hearing her husband would be detained for another 38 days under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) for investigations into an alleged investment scam.

Family members, who were present in the court, rushed to assist A Magaswarie, who had slipped down the bench in the public gallery after the court announced its decision.

Her husband, Vishnu Moorthy Raja Singam, who worked as a salesman in an investment company, was detained for another 38 days under Poca.

He had been held under Poca for the last 21 days since March 29.

Magistrate Mahyuddin Mohamad Som granted the extension under Section 4(2) of Poca because police believe the evidence is sufficient to conduct an inquiry.

The detention is expected to end on May 25.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, a tired-looking Magaswarie questioned why Vishnu had to be furthered detained.

“The other company directors and shareholders were released after 21 days.

“Why does he have to suffer for another 38 days?

“I do not want my child to be born when he is inside (detention),” she said.

Lawyer P Uthayakumar said Vishnu had instructed him to file for review and appeal against the magistrate’s 38-day order today.

“We will also file another habeas corpus application to get him out.

“This is a sad day for the family.”

Previously, Vishnu had filed a review to challenge the previous magistrate’s order that granted his 21-day detention, beginning from March 29.

Yesterday, the High Court here struck out his habeas corpus application to secure his freedom from Poca.