Tan Sri Musa Hassan
Inspector-General of Police
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia
50560 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2262 6222
Fax: 03 2070 7500
Re: Prolonged detention of blogger and PKR staff
We are writing to express our deepest concerns over the detention of a PKR staff and blogger, Nathaniel Tan, by the police. Tan’s detention were purportedly for investigation under the Penal Code, but the police later switch statement and said he is now being investigated under the Official Secret Act (OSA) for content of his blog.
Nathaniel Tan was taken for questioning by three plainclothes police officers since 4:45pm on 13 July. The policemen, believed to be from the Special Branch, were said to have requested for Tan to follow them to the Bukit Aman police headquarters for questioning and did not provide any reasons as to why Tan was asked to follow them. Police confirmed at 10:00pm on 13 July that they have taken Nathaniel Tan.
We urges for his release immediately as no charged is being instituted against him and the police cannot prove that he is threatening national security. It is against the Federal Constitution, which accords for the right to freedom of expression, to detain a citizen for speaking his mind.