Rayhan Kabir apologises to Malaysians

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Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown Al Jazeera C Selvaraja and K Sumitha Shaanthinni, lawyers to Md Rayhan Kabir speaks to the media after a visit to the Immigration Headquarters in Putrajaya. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 27 JULY 2020
C Selvaraja and K Sumitha Shaanthinni, lawyers to Md Rayhan Kabir speaks to the media after a visit to the Immigration Headquarters in Putrajaya.PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 27 JULY 2020

By Shawaliah Hadir

PUTRAJAYA – Defence counsel to the Bangladeshi who appeared at Al Jazeera’s documentary, Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown was allowed to meet his client, Md Rayhan Kabir at the Immigration Department today.

C Selvaraja said that Rayhan apologised to all Malaysians and said that he had no intention of tarnishing the country by saying that foreigners were ill-treated during the recent Movement Control Order (MCO).

According to Selvaraja, Rayhan had also accepted the Malaysian government’s decision in deporting him back to his home country.

“He apologises to Malaysians as he had no intention of saying those things. He saw his friends getting arrested during the Covid-19, hand-cuffed and brought to the trucks. That was what he saw. He sincerely apologised.

“He had no intention of accusing the enforcers in Malaysia but what he felt after seeing those things. He is ready to be deported and ready to return to his family,” he said when met after spending about four hours at the Immigration Department today.

According to Selvaraja, his client said that he was treated very well throughout his detention.

“The Immigration Department had granted us permission and we have met Kabir. He is safe, there is no complaint. He also said that he is in good hands. Everything is good. There is food and all,” he said.

Selvaraja said, he will write an official letter to the Immigration Department to request on the details of date and time his client will be deported and the follow-up actions which will be taken by the authorities.

Rayhan was arrested by a team of officers from the Intelligence Operation Unit of Immigration in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur at 5.45pm on 24 July after criticising the Malaysian government and alleged that the government had discriminated the foreigners during the Covid-19 pandemic. His statement was aired in a documentary produced by Al Jazeera.

Following that, Rayhan will be expelled and blacklisted permanently from entering Malaysia.

MalaysiaGazette was informed that the investigation on the Bangladeshi man has yet to be completed. -MalaysiaGazette

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