Occupy Dataran activist held for blocking public servant, says lawyer
KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — Police have arrested Occupy Dataran activist Omar Mohd Azmi for blocking a public servant from carrying out his duties, a lawyer said today.
Syahredzan Johan, of the three lawyers present at the Dang Wangi district police station here confirmed that they have been allowed to meet Omar and another detained activist Fahmi Reza.
“Yes, we have been allowed to see. Umar [sic] not charged yet, but investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code and Section 4(o) of the by-laws Dataran Merdeka,” the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee chairman told The Malaysian Insider.
Section 186 of the Penal Code refers to a charge of obstructing a public servant in the discharge of his public functions.
The offence is punishable by imprisonment up to two years, or a fine up to RM10,000 or both.
“There is nothing on Fahmi. Yes, probably remand and charge esok (tomorrow),” added Syahredzan, who said Omar will probably be brought before a magistrate to obtain a remand order before being charged.
Fahmi, who has been detained since 8am this morning managed to tweet: “Omar has been charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code for a charge of obstructing public servants. Police haven’t charged me yet (Umar dah kena charge under Sec. 186 Penal Code & atas tuduhan obstructing public servants. Polis belum charge aku lagi),” said Fahmi.
Police arrested the two while they were camping out in Dataran Merdeka early this morning, the movement’s organisers have said.
The arrests today came hours after a royal concert last night and a week before the Bersih 3.0 rally.
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