KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10, 2015:
Despite agreeing to provide statements over a tweet tomorrow, cartoonist Zunar was detained by the police at his residence tonight.
Zunar, or Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, who is set to be one of the panellists for a United Nations forum on March 6, was detained at 9.30pm.
“4 policemen are infront of my house. In a while I’ll be detained and taken to the Dang Wangi lock-up,” Zunar said on his personal Facebook page.
This comes after Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar posted a screen capture of the political cartoonist’s tweet which said: “Followers (Barua-barua) in black robes were proud in delivering judgement. Reward by Mr Politician must be lavish”, following the verdict against Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today.
Anwar will serve a five-year jail term from today after the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s earlier decision on a sodomy charge.
Khalid subsequently asked the police’s Cyber Investigation Response Centre to investigate.
His counsel, Latheefa Koya, slammed the arrest via the social networking site, Twitter.
“Police has just come to @zunarkartunis home to arrest him & detain him overnight in lockup at IPD Dangwangi over a tweet this morning” and “Despite @zunarkartunis agreeing to give his statement trow morning, police insist to detain & remand for no good reason!”
Following Khalid’s tweet, Zunar responded by posting a caricature of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a judge giving Anwar a “political sentence”.
He then replied Khalid’s tweet by laughing and sarcastically remarking: “Hope you can catch thieves through Twitter.”
Zunar, whose comic drawings are mostly of a controversial political nature, had 44 copies of his comic books seized last November.
In late January this year, police also seized 149 of his books after raiding his office under the Printing Presses and Publications Act and the Sedition Act.