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Controversial Cartoonist Remanded To Assist Probe

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GEORGE TOWN – Police have obtained a one-day remand order against controversial
cartoonist Zunar to assist their probe into a cartoon exhibition at Kompleks
Tun Abdul Razak (Komtar) here, which is deemed seditious.

The remand order was granted by Mohd Harith Mohd Mazlan, Assistant Senior
Registrar of the George Town Sessions Court .

Lawyer Ram Karpal Singh, who represented Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee
SM Anwarul Haque, told reporters that the inevstigations were being conducted
under Section 4 (1)(c) of the Sedition Act and Section 504 of the Penal Code
(Intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace).

Ram Karpal Singh said the prosecution wanted a four-day remand order but he
objected saying just a day was enough to conduct the probe,

The cartoonist was detained at the Timur Laut police station here at about
6pm yesterday after being asked to present himself to the police.

On Friday, Penang UMNO Youth lodged a police report against the cartoonist
and the exhibition saying the cartoons on display portrayed Prime Minister
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a negative light.


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