Police records statement of journalist at Dang Wangi relating to Zaid

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  • Saturday, 16 Jan 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The sedition probe on former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim continues with police recording the statement of Sunday Star editor Esther Ng.

Ng, who arrived at the Dang Wangi police headquarters around 11am yesterday, was interviewed for about 45 minutes with her lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad present.

“We have cooperated with the police as much as we can and we will leave it to them to investigate the case,” said Amer Hamzah outside the police headquarters after the session.

The probe follows Zaid’s article, published in The Star, criticising the recent Court of Appeal decision on the unilateral conversion of M. Indira Gandhi’s children to Islam.

Police questioned Zaid over the article on Tuesday. He later said that he “fully expected to be charged in court”.

He had tweeted last week that he received a call from Putrajaya CID over his article titled “My heart goes to you, Indira”.

In his article, Zaid said the religious tussle was “heart-wrenching” and he was critical of the Malaysian laws and the judiciary.

In a majority decision early this month, the Court of Appeal set aside an Ipoh High Court order quashing the conversion of kindergarten teacher Indira Gandhi’s three children to Islam.

The legal saga began in April 2009 when her ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, formerly known as K. Patmanathan, took their youngest child, Prasana Diksa, then 11 months old, and converted the child and two siblings – Tevi Darsiny, then 12, and Karan Dinish, then 11 – to Islam.

The two elder children remained with their mother.

On Oct 29 the same year, Riduan obtained a Syariah Court order that awarded him custody of the children.

In the ensuing custody battle, the Ipoh High Court granted Indira full custody of all three children and on March 11, 2010, Riduan was ordered to return Prasana to Indira.

On July 25, 2013, Indira won a four-year legal battle to quash the conversion certificates of her three children.

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