KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysiakini cartoonist Zunar, who was arrested on Friday under the Sedition Act, has been released on police bail.
He was freed from the Sepang police station several hours after police obtained a one-day remand extension order yesterday.
Sepang police chief Supt Zahedi Ayub confirmed the 6.30pm release.
The remand extension was earlier granted by the Sepang magistrate’s court to keep Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anawar Ulhaque, in custody for further questioning.
After his release, Zunar told newsmen at a press conference that he was taken to seven police stations.
He added that he was first taken to the Brickfields police station on Friday, then to Petaling Jaya, Bukit Puchong, Serdang, Sepang, and finally the KLIA police lock-up.
He was then brought back to Sepang yesterday morning, where he was questioned by the police.
“I want my books back,” Zunar said, adding that the incident would not stop him from selling his books.
His lawyer Latheefa Koya said she would file complaints with the Bar Council and Human Rights Commission over Zunar’s ordeal.
On Friday, police raided Zunar’s office in Brickfields and seized 66 copies of Cartoon-o-phobia, a collection of political cartoons published by Kinibook, the publishing arm of Malaysiakini, as well as a caricature of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Zunar’s arrest and the seizure of the items took place just hours before the book was scheduled to be launched by former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall at 8pm.
The organisers were told to disperse when they began giving speeches.
No untoward incident was reported.
Selangor police chief DCP Khalid Abu Bakar said police went to Malaysiakini office in Bangsar yesterday to obtain copies of Cartoon-o-phobia and not to question anyone.
“It was a normal police procedure,” he added.
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