KUALA LUMPUR: DAP has come out in defence of its two assemblymen who were arrested today over their suspected links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant group.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party is standing behind the two – Melaka exco member and Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan, and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran.
Lim described the arrests, which came under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, as “shocking” and said the party believes in their innocence.
“Their involvement in the DAP so far, has shown no indication that the two were involved in any activities that departed from the party’s stand of moderation, non-violence and peaceful resolution,” he said in a statement.
Lim said he was informed that the two will be subject to investigations under SOSMA which allows for 28 days of detention.
He said the police have promised a speedy investigation to allow for the submission of their investigation papers to the Attorney General Chambers and to enable for the two to be released early.
The police also claimed to have concrete proof to make such arrests and had referred to all relevant authorities at the highest levels, before taking action.
“I was also informed that whilst more people will be arrested for alleged links to LTTE, no more leaders or wakil rakyats from DAP will be targeted,” he said.
He said DAP will provide a legal team to represent the duo, comprising Bukit Gelugor member of parliament Ram Karpal and Jelutong MP RSN Rayer.
“The police had also promised to provide the family and legal counsel access to our two legislators. Both of our legislators were praised by the police for co-operating fully and calmly with the police during their arrests,” he said.
Lim said he has asked DAP national vice-chairman M. Kulasegaran to represent the party in liaising with the relevant authorities, legislators and family members.
Read the story on the arrests here.