Lawyer Siti Zabedah out on bail

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  • Friday, 08 Apr 2016

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer Siti Zabedah Kasim (pic) has been freed on police bail Friday after she was arrested in connection with a report by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) for obstructing the duties of a public servant.

Siti told The Star Online that she had gone to the Dang Wangi police station to meet the investigating officer on her report against Jawi on a raid at a fund-raising event for the transgender community at a hotel on Sunday.

However, she said that she was unable to contact the investigating officer when she arrived at the station at 5pm with her lawyer Dinesh Muthal.

She said that as she was making her way to the car park, she received a call from an officer to return to the police station to meet another investigating officer on the police report made by Jawi against her.

“He (the investigating officer) said he had to arrest me and I would be granted police bail,” she said.

Siti said the officer was apologetic and told her he was merely carrying out his duty.

She added that she had been instructed to report to the police station on May 7.

According to Siti, she is being charged under Section 186 and 506 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant from carrying out his duty and for criminal intimidation.

“I am not going to be cowed,” she said, adding that she will continue to defend her client.

Siti took to Facebook on Friday to share her thoughts on her arrest.

“If I had managed to stop the officers from arresting the TGs (transgenders) that night from being humiliated and punished, I would gladly be charged for the offence.

“Do they think by investigating and arresting me I would be subdued?” she said.

On Tuesday, Siti said she is mulling over the possibility of taking action against Jawi for the raid.

"We are now gathering our lawyers to plan our next course of action.

"We will sue not just Jawi, but anyone else involved in the incident,” she said.

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