The police returned four more computers belonging to malaysiakini today. They were part of the 19 central processing units that were taken from malaysiakini during a controversial raid early this week.
The computers, which were brought in a car from the Computer Crimes Unit in Cheras to the Dang Wangi police station, were handed over at 6.30pm.
Investigation officer ASP Alfazny Ahmad and malaysiakini Editor-in-Chief Steven Gan jointly signed on the computer casings with a whiteboard pen to officially mark the handover.
The handover was witnessed by ASP Ishak Yaacob.
The release of the four —— three CPUs and a server – means that malaysiakini has regained 10 of the 19 computers that were confiscated by the police.
Yesterday evening, the police returned six computers to Gan, also at the Dang Wangi police station.
On Monday, the police seized 15 CPUs and four servers in a raid at the online daily’s Bangsar office. The raid followed a police report lodged by Umno Youth on Jan 17 over a letter published on the website.
Umno Youth claimed that the Jan 9 letter allegedly contained seditious statement that could create chaos in the country.
In the course of their investigations, the police have thus far recorded statements from Gan and four other senior editorial staff.
When asked whether more computers would be released tomorrow, Alfazny said he could not give any guarantees.
“We will inform malaysiakini as soon as the other computers are ready to be released,” he said.
According to Supt Mohd Kamaruddin Md Din (left) from the Computer Crimes Unit, all the CPUs were taken for forensic examinations.
He had earlier told Gan that it could take “weeks or months” before the computers are returned.
Gan said that the speedy return of the seized computers was the result of public pressure on the authorities.
Among those which have issued protest statements include the 10,000-strong Malaysian Bar, Aliran, Hakam, Suaram and international organisations —— the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance and London-based Amnesty International.