PUTRAJAYA — July 27, 2020: Lawyers for the Bangladeshi man who voiced criticisms of the treatment for his countrymen detained by Immigration have not been told of his whereabouts.
Neither have they been told if he will be charged and under which law.
Md. Rayhan Kabir became a wanted man after appearing in a documentary on Malaysia’s treatment of migrants by the Aljazeera news channel that was aired on July 3. Rayhan was finally found by an Immigration team last Friday.
Lawyers Selvaraja Chinniah and Sumitha Shaanthinni Kishna said they had written to Immigration chief Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud requesting a meeting with their client.
They were hired by Rayhan’s family in anticipation of his arrest. “We came today to get permission from Immigration to visit our client,” said Selvaraja.
Aljzeera maintains that the report was balanced and later described Rayhan’s arrest as disturbing and that freedom of expression is a fundamental right.
Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper quoted Rayhan as saying that he only wanted to ensure the dignity of migrants and his country.