Blogger Nat Tan was missing for six hours. He was ‘illegally detained’ and police ‘lied’ about his whereabouts. Can he counter sue for ‘attempted kidnap’? He was even spotted being handcuffed! Or is he a convenient scapegoat and sacrificial lamb as howsy puts it?
UPDATE (4.47pm, July 14): NAT REMANDED FOR 4 DAYS (police asked for 14 days) under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1972. The law relates to “wrongful communication, etc of official secret”. If convicted, Tan may be sentenced to a jail term not less than one year but not exceeding seven years. Police sources indicate that Tan was being investigated for a comment in his blog in connection to an Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) investigation against Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharom. (Malaysiakini).
Blogger Nat Tan @ Jelas.info was taken away from his office today (about 4.30pm) by 3 police officers to Bukit Aman. REASON – “nak cakap tentang internet” (talk about the internet). Watch out at Elizabeth Wong’s blog for more details. We are told that it is for an Official Secrets Act probe as he is PKR’s webmaster. Nak cakap apa? Baca sajelah internet! (What is there to talk? Just read the internet!).
Poster (on left) by MOB’s CRIB.
Over @ Malaysiakini earlier:
They said the police entered the office at about 4.45pm and requested for Tan to follow them to the Bukit Aman police headquarters for questioning. he policemen also requested that Tan bring his notebook computer with him. It is believed that he is being questioned on matters relating to certain postings on the Internet. an has been involved in the maintenance of the opposition party website.
As at 29/6/07 – Nat started working with KeADILan in March of 2003 with Tian Chua, and as of June 2007, branched out on his own to set up an organisation called JustNetworks to take on an ambitious number of projects.
AS AT TODAY, WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR NAT TO BE FREED!