Immigration denies singer's 'five days of hell' claim


KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department has refuted claims that American singer-songwriter Maggie Lindemann was detained for five days after her arrest.

Its director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud (pic) said that they took issue with her claim that she "spent the next five days confined in a living hell" on Twitter on Thursday (July 4) after she was arrested in a raid at a restaurant in a shopping mall here on June 21 at 9.30pm.

He said two Malaysians and three Americans were detained under the Immigration Act after it was learnt that the performance did not have the required approval from the Central Agency for Application of Filming and Performance by Foreign Artistes.

"On June 22, their statements were recorded and the Malaysians were released at 4pm, while the remaining were released at 7pm, and the subject (Lindemann) was detained for less than 24 hours," he said in a statement Friday (July 5).

The three Americans (including Lindemann) were fined RM300 each for abusing their social visit passes, he added.

"We would like to state that the statements indicating that she was detained for five days are inaccurate and untrue. The Department constantly perform their duties in accordance with the law.

"We encourage foreigners to visit this country but stress that all must obey local laws and obtain the relevant passes to avoid any problems," he said.

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