PKR’s webmaster remanded four days under OSA


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 15 Jul 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information bureau staff Nathaniel Tan, 27, has been remanded for four days to facilitate investigations under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). 

Tan, who is secretary to Foundation for the Future president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, is believed to be in possession of documents linked to Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Johari Baharom’s alleged involvement in corruption. 

The classified documents are believed to pertain to police case files on detainees or suspects investigated under the Emergency Ordinance. 

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Najib Abd Aziz confirmed that the case was being investigated by the Federal Commercial Crimes Department. 

On Friday evening, Tan, who maintains PKR’s website, was picked up from his office in Phileo Damansara by three Special Branch policemen from Bukit Aman.  

Sources said the Cyber Crime Unit of Bukit Aman was questioning Tan. 

In Jitra, Johari wants the police to investigate and trace writers spreading lies through websites. 

He said he had instructed the Commercial Crimes Department to bring the culprits to book. 

“Now, all kinds of slander about the nation’s leaders are being spread through the Internet.  

“The police must act to prevent them from tarnishing the image of the country,” he told reporters after the opening of the delegates meetings of the Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings of Kubang Pasu Umno here yesterday.  

On Wednesday, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail ordered the Anti-Corruption Agency to close investigations into the bribery allegations against Johari as there was no evidence to link him to accusations that he had received RM5mil to release several suspected criminals held under the Emergency Ordinance.  

The investigations were initiated after the allegations against him were posted on an anonymous website.  

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