Iranian musician Mohammadhossein Samadi was finally released from detention after spending five months. The High Court today ordered his release on his habeas corpus application for unlawful detention.
Samadi, who is married to a Malaysian woman, was arrested for drunk driving on March 25 and pleaded guilty to it. After which he served a two-day sentence and a fine of RM10,000. But then immigration authorities put him into a detention centre under Section 34 of the Immigration Act.
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According to the law, all detained or arrested non-Malaysian must be produced before a judge within 14 days.
He filed a habeas corpus application for his immediate release after being detained on the grounds that he was jailed unconstitutionally.
His lawyers Alex Anton Netto, Yap Boon Jhoe, and Kevin De Rozario revealed that the habeas corpus was allowed because he was not present before a judge by the immigration authorities before extending his detention.
His wife Ginny Lim Su Lane argued that she wasn’t informed why was his husband detained by the department. While Mohammadhossein has been in the centre for five months.