IPOH: Perak PKR chairman Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak (pic) claimed he was not provided with food while in police custody, says his lawyer Baldip Singh.
Baldip said the political secretary to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim informed the magistrate during his remand application that he had not eaten since his arrest.
Food was only provided to him at about 1pm on Wednesday after the magistrate ordered Farhash be given something to eat, said Baldip.
“He was arrested at about 2.30pm on Tuesday while having lunch at a friend’s house in Johor Baru, and that was his last meal.
“The interrogation process started from the time of his arrest until the next morning at Bukit Aman as well as at the police station, and during that period, no food was provided, and neither could he sleep,” he told a press conference at the Perak PKR headquarters here yesterday.
Farhash was arrested to assist police investigation into the sex video scandal purportedly involving Economics Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Among those present at the press conference were state executive councillor Tan Kar Hing, who is also the party’s state vice-chairman, Hulu Kinta assemblyman Muhammad Arafat Varisai Muhamad along with central committee members, as well as several division and branch leaders.
Baldip, who is also Perak PKR vice-chairman, said the remand order was until Saturday, and he was hopeful Farhash would be out on that day.
“We in Perak fully support our president, as in his statement he had said that a certain individual should resign if he is conclusively identified as a subject in a recent sex video. Anwar used the word ‘if’.
“There is nothing wrong in that statement because if no one is involved then there is no need to resign.
“We all feel that our friends in PKR should not be making statements different from the party’s stand,” he said.
Perak PKR secretary Mohd Azlan Helmi said he was shocked Farhash was arrested in connection with the sex video.
‘We hope the legal process will be carried out transparently, and that the police will act without prejudice and without selective investigation or prosecution.