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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

All 19 in Perak released

Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen and MPs M. Kulasegaran (second from left), Jalong assemblyman Leong Mee Meng (third from left), Tronoh assemblyman N. Sivakumar (fourth from left) walking from Wisma DAP towards the Ipoh High Court before they were stopped and arrested by the police on Tuesday. - SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

IPOH, May 26 2009– By Shannon Teoh | Malaysianinsider

All 14 of those arrested in connection with the hunger strike and aborted march from DAP headquarters to the High Court this morning have been released on personal bonds at 4pm.

The five workers of an event management company hired to put up the tent for the event who were arrested earlier remain in detention a while longer before they were allowed to leave at 4.20pm.

The five – two locals and three Burmese – were 'collateral damage' in the tussle between the authorities and Pakatan Rakyat.

Perak police chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah told a press conference that they were being charged under Section 41 of the Sedition Act as they had tried to put up banners asking the Sultan to dissolve the state assembly.

According to Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran, who was one of the 14, police are still looking to verify the status of the Burmese workers.

Others in the 14 include dumped assembly speaker V. Sivakumar, Kedah DAP chief Thomas Su and Perak PKR deputy chief Chang Lih Kang.

They were due to be released since 2pm but it was delayed by two hours as they refused to offer a surety, insisting they were not criminals.

According to Su, police said that they will make more arrests if PR insists on holding its candlelight vigil scheduled for 8pm tonight.

But PR looks set to continue despite this warning.

Former mentri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin also said that the hunger strike would continue despite this setback.

All 14 had also refused to eat when police offered them lunch.

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