Salesman remand under Poca extended another 38 days

Salesman remand under Poca extended another 38 days


KUALA LUMPUR: The six-month pregnant wife of a Prevention of Crimes Act (Poca) detainee and salesman fainted in court today after hearing that her husband will be remanded for another 38 days.

A. Magaswarie, 31, clad in a blue dress, was sitting at the court’s public gallery. She could not hold back her tears and collapsed after magistrate Mahyudin Mohamad Som granted the remand against R. S. Vishnu Moorthy effective from today until May 25.

This had led the court to stand down for about 10 minutes to allow for family members to calm the expectant mother before she was taken to the witness’ room.

Her husband clad in an orange lock-up shirt was shocked but could only shout out words of comfort to his wife from the dock.

When Magaswarie regained consciousness, she called for a press conference outside the courtroom to express her dissatisfaction on her husband’s detention.

She questioned the extent of the remand as her husband who worked as a salesman in an investment company had been held under POCA for the past 21 days since March 29.

“The other company directors and shareholders were released after 21 days. Why does he have to be under custody for another 38 days?” she asked.

Vishnu was remanded in connection with an alleged forex scam.

His lawyer, P. Uthayakumar, said he would file for review and appeal against the magistrate’s order.

Mahyudin had granted the extension under Section 4(2) of POCA as police believe the evidence is sufficient to conduct an inquiry.

It was reported on Monday that the High Court has dismissed a habeas corpus application by Uthayakumar to secure Vishnu’s freedom.