Religious television personality Da’i Syed has been remanded for five days from Monday (Dec 7) to assist with an investigation into a rape case.
Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court Assistant Registrar Siti Mazrah Mohamad granted the five-day remand order from today until Friday (Dec 11) to enable further investigations involving the 25-year-old celebrity preacher.
The suspect was brought to the court handcuffed and barefooted. He was wearing a purple lockup shirt and orange pants.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal had said that the suspect was detained on Sunday (Dec 6) for allegedly raping a woman in the Petaling Jaya area.
Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed had also said that the police had received seven reports against the celebrity.
Comm Huzir had added that the police have opened investigation papers for the case under Section 376 of the Penal Code for rape, Section 377C of the Code for unnatural sex and Section 354 for molest.
“He would chat with the victims through direct messaging before asking them out for meals to discuss various things, including business matters. Then he would come up with various excuses to take them home,” Comm Huzir said during a press conference on Dec 1.
A police task force has been formed to investigate cases connected to the suspect.
The suspect, a former reality TV contestant, was initially detained on Nov 26 for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman in Shah Alam.
He is alleged to have taken the victim to a restaurant in Batu 3, Shah Alam, in September last year and to his home in Seksyen 7, also in Shah Alam, to supposedly give her tips on how to cure her depression, before raping her.
The suspect is said to have warned the victim at 6.40am the next day to keep quiet about the assault.
The victim lodged a police report on the incident on Nov 25 this year.
Following that, multiple women have also come forward to the police to lodge reports against him.
Meanwhile, the celebrity’s lawyer, Syed Amirul Syed Edros, when met after the proceeding said his client has not been charged and the remand had been extended for investigations.