‘No grounds for arrest under PCA’ – Is this ISA reincarnated?
The family members PCA detainee say that Tengku Arif Bongsu is a good man and did not do anything wrong to be arrested.
N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya said Arif was not given access to lawyers since his arrest on April 13.
“We demand his immediate release because there are no grounds for his arrest,” Surendran told reporters at Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) headquarters today.
Also present at the press conference was Arif’s wife, Nurul Shuhaidah Teh.
“I’ve only seen him once, which was on the day of his arrest. His rights to a lawyer was also denied,” said a tearful Nurul.
Nurul is now five months’ pregnant with their third child.
The Prevention of Crime (Amendment and Extension) 2013 Act (PCA), which provides for detention without trial to maintain public order and safety or crime prevention, was passed by the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 3 last year.
This allows for hardcore criminals to be detained for up to two years without trial.
Arif was arrested under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) in 2012 but released after he won a habeas corpus, for the lack of evidence or proof of his wrongdoings.
Latheefa Koya said the re-arrest was a complete abuse of power.
Arif was arrested at his house in Kajang at 4pm on last Monday without proof and valid reasons.
The internet cafe owner and businessman was taken into custody by about 30 police officers.
“They came to our house and wanted to break down the door. My husband is not dangerous nor did he do anything wrong.
“He is a good man with noble intentions who is always trying to help people,” said Nurul.
Surendran said only hardcore criminals were arrested under the PCA but Arif was a businessman with a pregnant wife and two young children.
He said Arif told his sister that he was forced to sign on a piece of paper with a list of names to incriminate more people.
“He was threatened by an ASP that he will be thrown in an underground cell if he refuses to sign the paper,” said his sister, Tengku Khairunniza.