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Gun-trotting cops in masks treated us like criminals, say Shia Muslims

Witnesses say detainees were threatened during a raid by Johor Islamic authorities.

11.9.2019

Witnesses say detainees were threatened during a raid by Johor Islamic authorities. FMTNews

Witnesses say detainees were threatened during a raid by Johor Islamic authorities.

A masked policeman stands with other officers as Shia Muslim detainees are led into a truck outside a house in Kempas, Johor Bahru, on Sept 9.

It was also alleged that another detainee, under whose name the premise was rented for the private ceremony marking the Ashura – an important occasion observed each year by Shias worldwide – was threatened by a police officer after apparently leaving the door open to allow guests to leave.

FMT is unable to independently verify the claim although the Johor police and JAINJ have been contacted for a response.

A witness told FMT that JAINJ failed to produce a warrant to raid the premise, a private residence in Taman Bukit Kempas.

“It was a raid conducted by JAINJ. Police should only have been there to maintain order,” he said.

They were brought to JAINJ in a black truck and released on bail after being detained overnight.

Similar arrests have been made in raids against Shia Muslims in Selangor.

A witness at the raid in Johor said a police officer had kicked one of the detainees for questioning the action against them.

A Shia Muslim spokesman meanwhile said raids against the community were nothing new, especially during the Ashura ceremonies held in the first 10 days of the Islamic calendar month of Muharram.

He added that Shia Muslims accused by JAINJ had never been charged in court.

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