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June 12, 2013

Zunar’s 2010 Sedition Act Appeal To Be Heard June 18

The Malaysian cartoonist Zunar sent out a press release earlier today about his appeal of a High Court decision regarding his detention in 2010 under that country's Sedition Act.
"Zunar vs the police and the Malaysian government (Unlawful Detention under The Sedition Act): An appeal at the Appellate Court on the 18th June 2013.

"The Appellate Court has set 18th of June to hear my appeal on the decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court's ruling regarding detention of me under the Sedition Act three years ago.

"In his ruling on July last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Justice Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera rules that the detention was lawful, even though in the other part of the judgment the court had instructed the police to return all my books and drawing and pay the damages.

"On the 24th September 2010, I was arrested and jailed for two days over the publishing of my then new comic book, Cartoon-O-Phobia. I was investigated under the Sedition Act, which carries the maximum of three-year jail if found guilty.

"The detention was made several hours prior to the launching of the comic book.

"I then filed a suit to challenge the Malaysian government on the grounds that the arrest was made in bad faith, mala fide, and not according to the law. This is based on the fact that when the arrest was made, the books were not available in the market yet.

"In my suit, I claimed general, aggravated and exemplary damages, losses from an art collage and the 66 books confiscated during the raid, and loss of earnings from the inability to sell books.

"I am represented by R Sivarasa, N Surendran, Latheefa Koya and Fadiah Nadwa Fikri."
Government officials arresting the cartoonist on the eve of his book release is one of the all-time dick moves by a government concerning one of its cartoonists. I remain impressed that Zunar has been so determined to exhaust every legal avenue in terms of getting something back on this one, and hope that the June 18 hearing goes his way.
posted 12:10 am PST | Permalink

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