200 Iraqi Shia Muslims arrested over Ashura mourning in Malaysia
(AhlulBayt News Agency) – More than 200 Iraqi nationals were arrested in Selangor recently for taking part in Ashura mourning.
Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) director Haris Kasim said today he could not comment on the matter as it was now a police case.
“Cannot comment anymore. It is now under the police,” he told FMT, adding that Jais had made a police report.
Several Middle East-based media outlets reported over the weekend that some 200 Iraqis arrested by Selangor religious authorities at a condominium near Serdang were released after pressure from the Iraqi government.
The Iraqis, most of them postgraduate students, were attending a Muharram 10th ceremony, a major date in the Islamic calendar which among others marks the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet, Imam Hussain.
Contacted by FMT, Serdang police chief ACP Megat Muhammad Aminuddin Megat Alias said the police were not aware of the incident as the arrests were made by Jais.
“The religious department made the arrests. Don’t ask the police. It (the department) didn’t hand anything to us,” he said.
A similar reply was given by Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor.
“The investigation is being done by Jais,” he told FMT when contacted.
Iraqi ambassador to Malaysia has also participated in the Ashura mourning ceremony, different sources also suggest.