Thursday, July 25, 2013

Prison stint not bad: Alvin Tan

Sex bloggers Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee May Ling leaving the court complex after signing their release papers at the Jalan Duta court complex, Kuala Lumpur.

Sex blogger Alvin Tan, who along with his girlfriend Vivian Lee have been released on bail described his eight-day prison stint as 'not bad'.

Still clad in the red T-shirt and jeans as when he was taken to the Sg Buloh prison on July 18, Tan, 25, who was hounded by the Press at the Jalan Duta court complex where he and Lee, 24, signed their release papers, smilingly told them this, today.

The couple’s counsel Chong Joo Tian during the submissions on the prosecution’s preliminary objection to Tan and Lee’s revision application, had told the court that his clients were put in isolation detention and this was a form of punishment.

Lee whose bail was also posted by Tan’s mother however, did not respond to members of the media and chose to keep her head down and hide her face behind her hair. She served eight days at the Kajang prison.

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Lee’s family has not been seen at the courts including on the day she was charged.

The duo secured their conditional release from prison on Thursday on a RM30,000 bail in two sureties each, when after the High Court revised the session court’s decision which denied them bail.

The duo left the court complex in separate cars, Tan in a red Ford SUV while Lee in a silver Hyundai Accent, at 10.25am.

Earlier, the couple, who was in handcuffs, was brought to the court's bail counter around 10am, accompanied by the police.

Chong Joo Tian was seen briefing the couple while waiting for the court's official to process their bail documents. Tan's mother and a female friend who are the bailors for the two, were also present.

The court official was then seen briefing the bailors and the couple of the conditions imposed by the High Court on their bail.

They were released at 10.21am after they signed the bail documents.

The two were seen holding hands when they left the counter.

Speaking to reporters, Chong said, his clients were 'quite happy to be out of prison'.

"They need time to rest. We will take it from here," he said before walking off.

In allowing them bail of RM10,000 for each of the three charges against them, Judge Datuk Mohd Azman Husin imposed four conditions on the couple: - surrender their passports to the court, report to the nearest police station once a month, be prohibited from uploading obscene photographs, provocative comments, articles or photographs on the Internet and are barred from using network communication devices to upload such comments or photographs.

Tan, who is now unemployed and Lee, a kindergarten teacher, had claimed trial on July 18 at the sessions court to publishing a seditious photograph on their Facebook page "Alvin and

Vivian-Alvivi" with the caption "Selamat Berbuka Puasa (dengan Bak Kut Teh... wangi, enak, menyelerakan!!!)" (Happy Breaking Fast with Bak Kut Teh... fragrant, delicious and appetising!!!) with a halal logo.

They were also charged with uploading the photograph on their Facebook page and exhibiting obscene photographs on their blog.

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