Fahmi Reza freed on police bail after a day – Free Malaysia Today

Fahmi Reza (centre) and his lawyers, Yohendra Nadarajan (left) and Rajsurian Pillai.

KUALA LUMPUR: Activist and graphic designer Fahmi Reza has been released from remand, after being held since yesterday.

His lawyer, Rajsurian Pillai, told FMT that Fahmi came out from Dang Wangi police station at 5.55pm today.

He added the police had recorded Fahmi’s statement and took his fingerprints as part of the investigations.

“Fahmi is now out on police bail,” Rajsurian said. Besides Rajsurian, lawyer Yohendra Nadarajan also appeared for Fahmi.

Earlier today, the magistrate only allowed the police to remand Fahmi for one day over investigation into sedition on his Spotify playlist that allegedly mocked the Raja Permaisuri Agong over a comment she made on her Instagram account.

Police had initially asked the magistrate for a four-day remand for the sedition probe.

One of the posts on Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah’s account was about cooking Malaysian favourites such as bubur lambuk, roti john, cucur jagung at the Istana kitchen.

One follower asked whether palace chefs had also received the Covid-19 vaccine, to which she replied “Dengki ke?” (Jealous?).

The reply was quickly picked up on Twitter, with many users using the term as a hashtag.

Fahmi curated numerous playlists on Spotify with the title “This is dengki ke?” which featured a picture of the Queen. The playlists were eventually taken down by Spotify, prompting the artist to move to Apple Music.

PAS Youth deputy chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari had lodged a police report against Fahmi, alleging that he had insulted the Queen.

Fahmi is no stranger to controversy as he was charged in 2016 under multimedia laws for his clown caricature of then prime minister Najib Razak.

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