Malaysia activist whose passport was revoked says he has been issued asylum card by Sweden

Malaysian activist Ali Abd Jalil, who had his passport revoked by the Immigration Department on Monday, claims he has been issued an asylum identity card by the Swedish government. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Malaysian activist Ali Abd Jalil, who had his passport revoked by the Immigration Department on Monday, claims he has been issued an asylum identity card by the Swedish government. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian activist Ali Abd Jalil, who had his passport revoked by the Immigration Department on Monday, claims he has been issued an asylum identity card by the Swedish government.

In a post on his Facebook page on Monday, Ali Abd Jalil said that he is protected under the United Nations and Dublin Regulation on asylum seekers.

"I now hold an asylum card, under the law of UN and Dublin Regulation. I am no longer subject to Umno and the Sultan's laws. This is not Malaysia," he said.

Ali had faced three sedition charges for allegedly insulting the Johor royalty and the Selangor Sultan in posts on his Facebook page.

On Sept 8, he was charged at the Selayang Sessions Court under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act for allegedly criticising the monarchy.

He was released later that day after posting bail, but was immediately rearrested and charged with two more counts under the same provision of the Sedition Act.

Ali was then taken to Sungai Buloh prison, where he was held for 15 days and was released again on bail on Sept 23.

Upon release, he was rearrested and sent to Johor Baru Selatan prison, and charged in the Magistrate's Court there. He was eventually released on Sept 29.

In October, Ali moved to Sweden to seek political asylum, claiming that he was not treated fairly by the authorities and had been threatened by gangsters and racist groups in Malaysia.

Ali and controversial sex blogger Alvin Tan had their passports revoked by the Immigration Department on Monday.