Eight detained in pre-Bersih sweep to be released Sunday

A protester is seen behind banners during the Bersih 5.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov 19, 2016.
A protester is seen behind banners during the Bersih 5.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov 19, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Eight people arrested in a police sweep ahead of the Bersih rally on Saturday are expected to be released later Sunday (Nov 20) .

They are Bersih 2.0 secretariat officer Mandeep Singh, opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) leaders Ronnie Liu, Jimmy Wong and Lee Khai Meng, Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) leader S. Arutchelvan, and student activists Muhamad Luqman Nul Haqim Zul Razali, Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof and Muhammad Safwan Anang.

"In fact they just arrived at Dang Wangi (police headquarters) so there is some paper work to be done before they are released," their lawyer Melissa Sasidaran told The Star Online.

She said they would definitely be released Sunday as their remand application ends and police have not applied to extend the order.

The eight were among several people, including Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah, who were detained on Friday and Saturday. They included members of DAP and its ally Parti Keadilan Rakyat as well as leaders from the rival Red Shirts and other activists.

Maria Chin has been detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) and can be held for a further 28 days.