Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Kelantan Menteri Besar's Son, Nik Adli Nik Aziz, To Be Released From ISA Detention.

In a surprise move the PM affirmed the impending release of Nik Adli Nik Aziz, who is a son of the Menteri Besar of Kelantan. What political calculations or strategy determined the decision is not known immediately, but as the days go by I'm sure it will become more apparent. The release of an ISA detainee is not a simple matter, for it will serve to bring the whole issue of detention without trial to the fore and increase the calls for the release of all those still inside as well as the abolition of the ISA. The full Bernama report here.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he has signed the release letter for Nik Adli, who was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) since 2001.

"(I) already signed (it)," he said at a media conference after a meeting with the new Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, here Wednesday.

Nik Adli, 38, a former teacher of Sekolah Menengah Agama Darul Anwar, Pulau Melaka, Kota Baharu, was detained under Section 73(1) ISA on Aug 4 2001 as he was suspected of having links with the Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (KMM) movement.

Abdullah, who is also the Internal Security Minister, declined to disclose the actual date Nik Adli would be released, "Be patient. Go to Kota Baharu and wait to take pictures when he meets his father later," the Prime Minister said.

Asked whether the release would be before or after Aidilfitri, he said: "As soon as the letter reaches him." When pressed further on the date the release letter would reach Nik Adli, Abdullah replied in jest: "(It) depends on the postman."

Asked on the other five individuals who were detained with Nik Adli five years ago, he said: "Be patient."

Tuesday, a lawyer, who declined to be quoted, said Nik Adli was believed to be released together with five other ISA detainees before the Hari Raya.

According to the lawyer, all the six detainees had been taken to the Police Remand Centre (PRC) in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur from the ISA Detention Centre in Kamunting, Perak.

Normally, all ISA detainees are taken to the PRC first as final preparation before being released.


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