PETALING JAYA: Eight men have been arrested for their involvement in a gathering related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
City police chief Shuhaily Zain said the individuals, aged 18 to 56, were detained by the police at the scene as the gathering had not complied with the law, Kosmo reported.
The suspects, who were said to be followers of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light, were seen shouting “Only God can judge”, among other chants.
During the assembly, they were also seen holding placards that read “Being gay is not a crime” and “No one has the right to judge anyone but God”.
“One of the suspects had been arrested at a mosque in Putrajaya earlier this month for distributing pamphlets promoting the Ahmadi teachings,” he was quoted as saying.
All eight individuals were under remand until today to assist in investigations under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant from carrying out his duties.
They were also investigated under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 and Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
The police had also recorded the statements of 11 witnesses.