IGP: Sanusi was arrested at 3am as police calls to him were rejected

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Arrested to ensure he attended court to hear the charges against him.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain has clarified that the arrest of caretaker Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor this morning was the result of the police’s inability to contact the Pas leader prior to his court hearing today.

Speaking at a press conference at Bukit Aman, Razarudin said that numerous calls had been made by the police to Sanusi and his political secretary but to no avail.

“Since we could not reach him, we tried to find him, and we found him at 2.30am at Mont Kiara.

“He was arrested to ensure that he attended court to hear the charges against him.”

Razarudin said the issue Sanusi raised about not being told of the charges arose because he refused to pick up his phone.

“Initially, we contacted Kedah police to track him down and we were informed that he was not in the state.

“Based on further checks, he was supposed to make appear on Astro Awani at 10pm last night but he was a no-show there too.

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“We also tried to contact him yesterday (July 17) evening to inform him about the charges, but all our calls were rejected,” he told reporters.

Commenting on cases that touched upon race, religion and royalty (3R), Razarudin said that it must be looked into holistically.

“This case (Sanusi’s) involved the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Sultan of Selangor, and due to this dissatisfaction (from Sanusi’s statement), the Selangor Council of the Royal Court was compelled to lodge a police report against Sanusi last Friday.

“We can see from the degree of the investigation that it had brought insult and a sense of disloyalty towards the royals.”

“If we let these sorts of things go on, all nine Malay rulers might be subject to insults,” he said.