DAP lawmaker files affidavit challenging travel ban saying he was questioned by police as a witness and not a suspect.

PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Tony Pua revealed today he was only questioned twice by police in September last year as a witness and not a suspect.

The Petaling Jaya Utara lawmaker also pointed out that after an affidavit filed to challenge his 2015 travel ban, there had been “zero” follow-up since.

“Isn’t this a clear-cut abuse of the process to have me barred from travelling?” he wrote on Facebook, referring to the Immigration Department.

Earlier today, Pua said the then Immigration director-general Mustafa Ibrahim had in his affidavit to the High Court claimed the travelling ban was imposed on Pua as he was being investigated for “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy”.

Pua claimed the decision was ineffective under the law as it contradicted his right to travel abroad with a valid passport.

The Star reported that Pua, in his application for a judicial review, claimed he was prevented from leaving the country at KLIA 2 on July 22 last year.

Mustafa, in his affidavit, said the travel ban was issued following a letter from the Inspector-General of Police which stated that Pua was being probed over plans to overthrow the government.

“I stress that the Immigration Department does not have a legal obligation to inform applicants that they are being investigated by the police and have been barred from leaving Malaysia,” Mustafa was quoted by the daily as saying.


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