KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 — Police have detained blogger Badrul Hisham Shaharin, or better known as Chegu Bard, for refusing to cooperate with the over an investigation carried out against him.
Bukit Aman Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Shuhaily Mohd Zain said Chegu Bard was detained in Jalan Raja Laut last night to assist investigations.
The probe is related to a statement that touched on a border-conflict between Malaysia-Indonesia, property that belong to a leader, and exposing a major confidential document that belonged to a government department on social media.
Shuhaily said police had received six reports and five investigation papers related to the case have been opened.
“Police have called him up to offer his cooperation but he failed to present himself. In fact, police have issued notices under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code to him.
“Chegu Bard himself had signed the notice as a recipient, but refused to come to the police station to record his statement without any valid reason,” he told reporters at the Dang Wangi police headquarters, here, last night.
Shuhaily said Chegu Bard’s failure to assist the police to complete their investigation is akin to challenging the law of the country and the police.
“It includes failing to come to the Kajang police headquarters this morning, prompting police to seek a warrant of arrest from the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court,” he said.
Meanwhile, asked if the arrest was related to the proposed ‘Perhimpunan Selamatkan Malaysia’, Shuhaily denied such notion.
“Once again I wish to reiterate that the detention of Chegu Bard tonight had nothing to do with the proposed gathering on Saturday because he was not among those who applied for the gathering,” he said.
Meanwhile, Berita Harian reported that the blogger was released at 2.15am today after having his statement recorded.