Both Abun Sui and Nicholas Mujah who were picked up a couple of weeks ago for possession of `seditious’ CDs turned up to the Magistrate court in Miri and Kuching respectively-only to find nobody from the police or KDN side attending to their case. Abun Sui who was picked up for `Sedition Act’ investigation while Nicholas Mujah was picked up for Film Censorship Act investigation more than 2 weeks ago, in relation to alleged possession of Cds containing programs of Radio Free Sarawaqk and TV Sarawak Bebas. Nicholas called up the police and was told to go to the Simpang 3 police station to meet up with the Investigation Officer, who was later said to be out of office. 2 KDN officers who were involved in the arrests earlier came to tell Mujah that the bail has been renewed indefinitely until he is told otherwise. Mujah asked for the seized material to be returned but the officers said that the possessions will only be returned upon disposal of the case.
A press release had been issued by Brimas over Abun Sui’s case:
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Native Rights Activist Lawyer turns up in court to answer sedition charge, but no show from police
MIRI – Native rights activist lawyer, Abun Sui Anyit this morning turn up at the Miri court complex backed by 120 indigenous representatives to answer the sedition charges level against him when he was arrested by the police at the Miri Airport on the 6th January 2011. However, after waiting more than an hour the police did not turn up.
Abun then inquired about his case to the court registry but the court officers told him that his name is not listed in the court registry for a hearing.
He then called the police investigating officer, but the investigating officer is away in Kuching and said that the case is still under investigation.
Met outside the court complex, Abun said that the police told him they made a mistake in issuing the police bail to him and ordering him to appear in court today.
Abun said he is not blaming the police for the mistake as they are only following orders.
However he said, “We should question those who are in power that they should not abuse their authority in order to intimidate the people who are just asserting their rights and exposing the truth about their problems.”
He thank his supporters for coming out to give him support, and he hopes that they will be continuous support to other communities currently battling their land dispute cases in courts throughout Sarawak.
Abun was arrested at Miri Airport on the evening of 6th January after disembarking from the flight from Kuching. The police seized a few copies of compact discs (CDs) from him and he was detained and question for a few hours until finally released at 3 am the next morning.
The CDs were that of Radio Free Sarawak broadcasts, video clips of testimonies from several indigenous community members and other political materials.
Executive Director, BRIMAS