Namewee freed on bail after court refuses to extend remand


  • Nation
  • Friday, 26 Aug 2016

GEORGE TOWN: Controversial rapper Namewee, who was remanded for producing a music video that allegedly insulted Islam, has been released on police bail after his four-day remand order ended.

The 33-year-old, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, had been remanded since Monday.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the police released Wee on bail pending further action by the Attorney-General’s office.

Wee, who was dressed in a white round-collared T-shirt, jeans and his trademark beanie, was brought to the court at about 8.40am yesterday for a possible extension of his remand order.

He was taken to another court complex at about 11.30am for the remand.

However, he left the court premises at about noon after a magistrate’s court here rejected the remand extension application.

He was then escorted by police to the George Town police district headquarters in Jalan Patani in a police car.

Wee left in a red Perodua Alza, believed to be driven by his friends, at 2.47pm.

He was remanded on Monday under Section 295 of the Penal Code to facilitate investigations over a music video titled Oh My God that was filmed in various houses of worship in the state, including a mosque.

Wee was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport upon returning from abroad and was brought to Penang on Sunday.

The four-minute clip starts with the azan (the Muslim call for prayer), a church choir singing and the ringing of Buddhist meditation gongs, as well as Hindu temple bells.

A total of 20 non-governmental organisations had lodged police reports in Penang against Wee, alleging that the video had insulted Islam.


   

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