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Clerk detained over threatening SMS (Updated)

Updated 9:31pm, 22 April 2009

KUALA TERENGGANU, 22 April 2009: A clerk with a private company was detained two days ago for sending a threatening SMS text to three Terengganu assemblypersons.

State CID chief ACP Fauzi Abduri said the 31-year-old man was arrested at his house in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor at about 9.30am on 20 April.

“The suspect is being held at the Kajang police station and will be brought here to assist our investigation,” he said after accompanying Terengganu police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri at his meeting with police personnel at the Wakaf Tapai police station, here here, today.

Fauzi said police also seized a personal computer belonging to the man.

“We have set up a special team to investigate the case. God willing, the case will be solved soon,” he said.

On 13 April, the three Barisan Nasional assemblypersons, Datuk Rosol Wahid (for Ajil), Zakaria Abdullah (Paka) and Abdul Halim Jusoh (Permaisuri) lodged police reports after receiving the threatening SMS text, believed to be connected to the latest political crisis in Terengganu.

It was also believed that a no-confidence motion was to be tabled against Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said at the state assembly which sat from 13 to 15 April.

Meanwhile, Mohd Shukri urged the people not to speculate on the case to avoid causing public uneasiness and that police had ascertained that the threatening SMS did not come from a senior officer at the Menteri Besar’s office as alleged by one of the three assemblypersons.

Meanwhile, the Menteri Besar expressed relief that the suspect in the SMS case had no links with anyone working in his office.

“I thank the police for expediting the investigation and I am confident the truth will come out,” said Ahmad.

Due to the sending of the threatening SMS text, 10 BN assemblypersons did not attend the second day (14 April) of the state assembly sitting for fear over their safety. — Bernama


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