Wan Ji Claims Prison Warden Assaulted Him During Detention

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Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin alleged that a prison warden with a thick Kelantanese accent attacked him while he was held pending his appeal of his sedition conviction.

In a 2.55 minute YouTube video uploaded on July 13, Wan Ji detailed his experience while in custody at Kajang Prison.

“When I went in, I was asked to remove my clothes leaving only pants in order to shave my head and facial hair.

“There was one person who spoke in Kelantanese dialect, he had his face covered and was wearing a warden’s uniform.

“He asked for my name, I said ‘Wan Ji’. He then asked me to take off my glasses and then ‘bam, bam’, he gave it to me three times.

“I was wondering what I did wrong while the other wardens laughed,” he said during a gathering which was recorded on video.

Upon his release on July 12, Wan Ji said he informed PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, of the alleged assault.

He said Anwar immediately called the Prison Department to demand that it find and apprehend the culprit.

Wan Ji said he was not angry but decided to reveal the matter in order to allow his alleged attacker the change to apologise and resolve the incident.

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“I don’t know why he did it to me but if I report him then he may not be able to gain employment anywhere.

“I’m not being vindictive or seeking revenge against the person who hit me, but what he did is not good. He could do it to others as well,” Wan Ji explained.

Wan Ji suggested his attacker may have been a PAS or Umno supporter who was upset at his videos.

However, Wan Ji said the attack being politically-motivated was merely a speculation and that he cannot confirm the matter.

He then warned the person that he would lodge a police report if an apology is not made to him.

On July 9, the High Court rejected Wan Ji’s appeal against his conviction for making seditious remarks against Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor seven years ago.

The judge also raised the Muslim preacher’s prison sentence from nine months to a year following a cross-appeal from the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Wan Ji was held in prison until July 12 as the judge refused to stay the execution of the sentence unless this was presented as a formal application.