Malaysia has declined the review plea for the extension of a remand order issued against Bangladeshi Md Rayhan Kabir.
"There is no reason for me to review the remand order because the [extra] 13 days are necessary,'' said Justice Abdul Karim.
He added that the investigating officer had explained in his report that Md Rayhan was remanded for an investigation involving the nation's integrity.
Malaysian Immigration Department DPP Fazril Sani Mohamed Fadzil also explained to the court that the additional 13 days were to continue investigations.
Md Rayhan was arrested by immigration officers from Putrajaya in Setapak on July 24. The 27-year-old landed in hot water after he allegedly gave false information when interviewed by international news channel Al Jazeera for a documentary titled Locked Up in Malaysia's Lockdown. The documentary revolved around Malaysia's handling of illegal immigrants during the movement control order implemented to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.
Md Rayhan is scheduled to be deported soon and has been blacklisted from entering Malaysia again. His lawyer C Selvaraja had argued that his client's initial 14-day remand at the Immigration Department would be sufficient to complete investigations.
He had added there was no need for the additional 13 days remand as Md Rayhan was being detained for overstaying under Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act and under immigration laws, the remand period for a detained foreign national was only 14 days.
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