In an unexpected development, student activist Safwan Anang has refused bail, even though the Court granted bail to all five charged with sedition this morning.
Hishamuddin Rais, Haris Ibrahim, Tian Chua and Tamrin Ghafar were released pending their trial on 2 July.
Safwan is president of Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) and his refusal of bail set at RM5000 is set to send ripples in student circles. According to a statement released by the SMM Secretariat, Safwan refused bail because he believed his arrest was politically motivated and he wanted to send a message that he was serious about the struggle to uphold rights. Safwan said his gesture was out of love for the nation and borne out of a desire to improve the state of democracy, which was now in dire straits, the statement added.
Safwan is now believed to have been sent to the Sungai Buloh Prison. As he has already been charged, he will no longer be in police custody but in the custody of the judicial system, according to lawyer Fadiah Nadwa.
He will have to remain there until the trial on 2 July.