Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) is appalled that Ali Abd Jalil, who has been charged under the Sedition Act 1948 and currently arrested by IPD Johor Bharu Selatan for separate investigation under sedition, told his lawyer and family members that he was physically beaten and verbally abused and threatened while being detained in Sungai Buloh prison. Sister of Ali Abd Jalil, Asiah Abd Jalil also revealed this on her Facebook postings after visiting Ali in prison on 19 September 2014.

Ali was denied his access to family members for the first 12 days of his detention. Throughout his 15 days of detention in Sungai Buloh, Ali said that he has been verbally and physically abused, i.e. punched, slapped and hit with a baton and rubber pipe in an empty room.

GHAH, a movement endorsed by 132 civil society organizations, strongly condemns the outrages treatment of Ali Abd Jalil and calls for immediate and independent investigation into the allegations of torture and inhumane treatment of Ali Abd Jalil in Sungai Buloh prison. Justice must be done and the officials involved in such practices must be held accountable if the allegations were well-founded.

With Ali Abd Jalil being brought to Johor for detention pending investigation for his forth sedition charge, we are extremely concern for the physical and mental wellbeing of Ali Abd Jalil while in police custody in Johor. Ali’s twin brother, Ahmad Abd Jalil, was imprisoned in Johor in 2012 for allegedly posting remarks on Facebook questioning the Sultan of Johor’s power. During the time, he was blindfolded, held without access to a lawyer and contact to his family for 7 days.

We take the strong objection against the abuse of investigation system and prolonged detention of Ali by bringing him to different locations and different states for charges which can be consolidated into one. The police, until today, has failed to give a valid explanation as to why he needs to be taken to Johor for an alleged seditious comments made on his Facebook page.

GHAH calls on the authorities to look into Ali’s allegation on misconduct by police officers in Sungai Buloh prison and ensure that regular access to Ali Abd Jalil by his lawyers and family members in detention centers in Johor Bharu Selatan is to be given.

On 8 September 2014, Ali was slapped with one count of charge under the Sedition Act 1948 for allegedly criticising the monarchy at Selayang sessions court. After he posted bail of RM5,000 and set free, he was immediately arrested by police and brought to Shah Alam sessions court for another two counts of charges under the Sedition Act. Ali delayed his bail which was set at RM 8,000 until 23 September 2014, and he was immediately re-arrested again and sent to Johor for another several charges under sedition.