Cops Record Rayhan’s Statement

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Police have taken the statement of Md Rayhan Kabir, a Bangladeshi man who appeared in a documentary titled Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown produced by Al Jazeera.

Bukit Aman CID (Investigation/Legal) deputy director DCP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the recording with the man was made at the Immigration Detention Depot today and yesterday.

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“Investigation on the case is being conducted and the conversation recording with Rayhan would be carried out again if necessary,” he said when contacted today.

Rayhan was arrested in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur on July 24 after the Immigration Department sought the assistance of the people to track down the individual who appeared in Al Jazeera documentary.

In the documentary, Rayhan commented on the treatment of illegal immigrants by the Malaysian authorities when the country was implementing the movement control order (MCO) to eradicate Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Rayhan has tendered his apology to the people of Malaysia.

According to CR Selva, the lawyer representing Rayhan, the apology was conveyed to him by Rayhan in their one-hour meeting session at the headquarters of the Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM) today.

“During the meeting, Rayhan asked me to convey his apology to all Malaysians and members of the enforcement,’’ he said when met by the media after the meeting.

Selva said his client declared that the statement was made based on what he saw, namely, when witnessing his friends being detained, handcuffed and ordered to get onboard JIM’s enforcement lorries.

“He could not accept what he saw and it was his personal view but he had no intention of accusing the authorities,” he said.

Selva said Rayhan had also received the deportation order following his action.


“He accepted the decision of the authorities to deport him and he is also impatient to see his family again,” he said, adding that the welfare of his client was well-looked after during his detention by JIM.

Selva, nevertheless, said he had yet to receive the deportation date for Rayhan and would continue to be in contact with JIM on the development of the case.

SK Sumitha, who is also Rayhan’s lawyer, said representatives from Bukit Aman had also met her at JIM after her meeting with Rayhan today.

According to Sumitha, Bukit Aman took her statement under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code because she also appeared in the documentary.