The wife of one of the men detained for alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has cried police intimidation.

V Umah Devi, 31, the wife of DAP's Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan, further claimed that a police officer has requested bribe from her to secure her husband's release.

According to her, individuals claiming to be cops had been bombarding the family with calls whenever they had visitors over at their home, asking if they were holding a meeting.

They were also stepped up police patrols at the area, which is out of the ordinary, when they had visitors, she told reporters when met at the handing of a memorandum by human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) at the latter's office yesterday.

As for the bribe request, Umah said that she received a call from an individual claiming to be a police officer, from a private number, asking her to 'belanja makan', which she took as a demand for bribe to secure her husband's freedom.

Umah, who is four months pregnant, was on a hunger strike demanding her husband's release outside the Bukit Aman police headquarters, then.

She, however, refused the "unbelievable promise" when he said Saminathan can walk free, if the amount is paid, out of the 12 men arrested.

Saminathan, along with another DAP assemblyman, P Gunasekaran (Seremban Jaya), and three other DAP members were among 12 men picked up under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) in early October, for alleged links with LTTE.

The men have since been charged with supporting the now-defunct militant group, and face up to 7 years in jail, or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

The LTTE was embroiled in a civil war with the Sri Lankan army for almost three decades, in its quest for an independent Tamil state in the north and east of the country.

It is listed as a terrorist organisation in dozens of countries. Its reign ended in 2009 when the group was defeated by the Sri Lankan military.

Source: The Star
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