Red Shirts leader Jamal remanded for 3 days over beer-smashing antics in Selangor

Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has been arrested in connection with his beer-smashing antics outside the Selangor state secretariat building. PHOTO: THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK

SHAH ALAM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has been remanded for three days following his beer-smashing antics outside the Selangor state secretariat building.

Magistrate P. Sarulatha granted the remand order to the police against Jamal and seven others at the Shah Alam court complex here.

They are being investigated under Section 143 of the Penal Code for unlawful assembly and Section 268 for public nuisance.

Counsel Khairul Anuar Kashim, who represented Jamal and the rest, said his clients were picked up by the police in the wee hours of Friday (Oct 6) while dining at a restaurant after a meeting in Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam.

He said the seven who were arrested were not Jamal's supporters, but were his driver, bodyguards and staff members.

Earlier at the courthouse verandah, Jamal gave a brief press conference to the media in his handcuffs, moments before he was brought in to the magistrate's court to be remanded.

''My friends and I who are arrested might end up being charged and thrown in jail but we don't care. The fight against beer festivals will go on.

''Our arrest today does not even deter our determination to see beer festivals banned in Selangor,'' he said.

On Thursday, the Shah Alam police received complaints from security guards following Jamal's protest outside the Selangor state secretariat building over the cancelled Better Beer Festival 2017.

Jamal had arrived at about 10am, with some 20 supporters and a pickup truck filled with crates of beer, only to find the gates closed. He then proceeded to smash several crates of beer with a sledgehammer outside the gates.

After destroying the crates, Jamal and his group ignored calls by a security officer to clear the broken bottles outside the gate.

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