Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Police arrested 18, including four women, at a candlelight vigil for detained student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim at the Jinjang police station here last night.
Media reports say some 1,000 had gathered outside the police station, which was under tight security in anticipation of a continued night vigil since Adam Adli (picture) was detained last Saturday.
Police had sealed the entrance to the station, according to a report by the Malaysiakini news portal.
It said the vigil had proceeded smoothly until about 10pm when police gave a 10-minute notice to disperse to a crowd listening to PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub.
Student activist Khalid Ismath then attempted to negotiate with the police for an additional 30 minutes, however, the latter only agreed to an extra 10, said the report.
The second 10-minute notice was issued as Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo was speaking to the crowd.
Police then began widened the security cordon around the Jinjang police station and picked up those who refused to leave the area.
Several lawyers, including Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Petaling Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian and PAS central committee member Zulkifli Ahmad, attempted to get into Jinjiang police station to assist those held by police.
Police relented to their requests to assist those held for questioning after some intense negotiations, according to eyewitnesses.
It is understood those detained would be released after police questioning.
Police arrested Adam Adli last Saturday for statements he allegedly made at a forum on May 13, and is expected to be charged with sedition today.