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KUALA LUMPUR - Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah on Tuesday filed a habeas corpus application to challenge her detention under Security Offences and Special Measures Act (Sosma) 2012.
Maria, 60, filed the application at the High Court Registry via Messrs Daim & Gamany. Her three sons Azumin Mohamad Yunus, Aziman and Azemi were also present in court.
In her notice of motion, Maria is seeking an order for an urgent release, to be brought to the court during the hearing of the application and not subjected to any restriction under Sosma.
Azumin, 23, told a press conference that his mother's detention was unjust and hoped that she would be given access to her medication.
He said his mother suffered from high blood pressure and cholesterol problem.
"I saw her on Sunday and she was visibly tired," he said.
Maria was detained on Friday in a pre-Bersih swoop by police along with other opposition leaders, Bersih and Red Shirts leaders and student activists.
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An online petition opposing the use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) against Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah is gaining traction, with over 23,000 signatures since Monday.
The petition on ipetition.com demands the unconditional release of Maria and the repeal of Sosma.
"When tabling the bill in Parliament in 2011, the government assured and promised Malaysians repeatedly that Sosma will not be used on the basis of differences in political ideology, but it is evident today that the administration led by Prime Minister Najib Razak is reneging on its promise.
"In our view, this is a clear abuse of legislative and executive powers," read the petition which has a goal of 40,000 signatures.
As of Tuesday morning, the petition has garnered 23,462 signatures.
Maria was detained on Friday in a pre-Bersih 5.0 swoop by police on several opposition leaders and activists.
She is now held at an undisclosed location and could be detained for 28 days under the Act.
Former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail previously said that Sosma was introduced to deal with terrorism and other security offences and not to suppress political freedom.