Suspect held over alleged Facebook threat against Minister

Suspect held over alleged Facebook threat against Minister

KUCHING - A man who threatened to attack Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Facebook was detained at Kuching International Airport on Monday.

Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman said the suspect was believed to be the man behind the Facebook account "YB Sutan Sinaro".

On Dec 27, the account had posted Taib's photo with a caption stating: "If you (Taib) happen to appear in front of me, I will surely break your head."

Sabtu said the suspect was detained for making seditious remarks and criminal intimidation against the chief minister.

Sabtu said this after presenting a contribution called the "Tabung Amanah Wira dan Pertahanan Negara" to Clare Baor, widow of the late Inspector Benet Pawun, at the Serian district police station, here, yesterday. Benet was believed to have died from Dengue fever while serving in Timur Leste with the United Nations in 2012.

Sabtu said the suspect was remanded for four days until Jan 3.

"The police will work with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to identify the owner of the account involved before detaining suspects for investigation," he said, adding police were monitoring other Facebook accounts for seditious remarks.

"We will trace the owners of these accounts and take action."

 

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