PETALING JAYA: Police say they have caught the man who made an online threat to behead lawyer Siti Kasim.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Commissioner Amar Singh, in a text message, said a male suspect had been arrested on Tuesday night regarding the case.
“Yes, we can confirm that a male suspect was arrested last night,” The Star quoted Amar as saying.
News of the arrest was also shared by Siti on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She said the suspect had been remanded for three days.
Siti lodged a report on Sunday at the Sentul police station against a man for calling on Muslims to behead her.
The first threat was reportedly posted online on July 3. The man had attached an article quoting her stand on the LGBT community, as reported by an online portal, but which she claimed had misquoted her.
On July 19, the same man wrote another post, attaching yet another article from the same portal, stating that Siti had allegedly said, “Not to follow Arabic Islam, but follow the real Islam”.
Siti said among the responses on the website were calls to behead, rape and splash acid on her face.
She said she decided to lodge a police report as she feared for her personal safety and that of her family.
Siti has been speaking out against religious extremists harassing the LGBT community. She has also defended the Orang Asli, who are trying to stop companies from carrying out logging activities in their traditional forests.