The Straits Times
Published on Nov 05, 2012

Family defends Malaysian held over Facebook insult


KUALA LUMPUR (AP) - The family of a Malaysian man detained for allegedly insulting a state sultan on Facebook is defending his right to free speech and calling for his release.

Police arrested 27-year-old Ahmad Abdul Jalil in Kuala Lumpur and took him to southern Johor state late on Friday.

His sister Anisa Abdul Jalil says the family was told he was being investigated for seditious remarks against the Johor sultan. But she said the family did not know what the offensive postings were. She said on Monday that the family was worried as her brother has been kept incommunicado since his arrest.

Police couldn't be immediately reached for comment.