Statement from Malaysia political cartoonist, Zunar
Zunar vs the police and the Malaysian government (Unlawful Detention under The Sedition Act): An appeal at the Appellate Court on the 18th June 2013 at 9 am.
The Appellate Court has set 18th of June to hear my appeal on the decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s ruling regarding detention of me under the Sedition Act three years ago.
In his ruling on July last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Justice Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera rules that the detention was lawful, even though in the other part of the judgment the court had instructed the police to return all my books and drawing and pay the damages.
On the 24th September 2010, I was arrested and jailed for two days over the publishing of my then new comic book, Cartoon-O-Phobia. I was investigated under the Sedition Act, which carries the maximum of three-year jail if found guilty.
The detention was made several hours prior to the launching of the comic book.
I then filed a suit to challenge the Malaysian government on the grounds that the arrest was made in bad faith, mala fide, and not according to the law. This is based on the fact that when the arrest was made, the books were not available in the market yet.
In my suit, I claimed general, aggravated and exemplary damages, losses from an art collage and the 66 books confiscated during the raid, and loss of earnings from the inability to sell books.
I am represented by R Sivarasa, N Surendran, Latheefa Koya and Fadiah Nadwa Fikri.
12 June 2013
Mahkamah Rayuan akan mendengar kes saman saya terhadap kerajaan Malaysia/polis kerana tangkapan tidak sah di bawah Akta Hasutan, 18 Jun
Mahkamah Rayuan menetapkan 18 Jun ini, jam 9 pagi untuk mendengar rayuan saya berhubung keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur mengenai penangkapan saya di bawah Akta Hasutan pada September 2010.
Julai tahun lepas, Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera memutuskan bahawa penahanan tersebut adalah sah.
Saya mengemukakan saman terhadap polis dan kerajaan kerana ‘tangkapan berniat jahat’ yang dibuat beberapa jam sebelum pelancaran buku terbaru saya ketika itu, Cartoon-O-Phobia” pada September 2010.
Dalam kejadian itu, saya turut ditahan di bawah Akta Hasutan dan 66 naskah buku tersebut serta sebuah lukisan kartun dirampas.
Dalam saman tersebut, saya menuntut gantirugi, perintah supaya buku-buku yang dirampas dikembalikan kepadanya dan perintah supaya lukisan kartun dikembalikan.
Saya diwakili peguam R Sivarasa, N Surendran, Latheefa Koya dan Fadiah Nadwa Fikri.
12 Jun 2013