Zayn Rayyan's Grandparents Have Been Detained

They were arrested at 2.30pm today, 12 June.

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The grandparents of the murdered six-year-old Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin were detained by the police this afternoon, 12 June

Selangor police chief Datuk Hussein Omar Khan stated that the couple was detained at 2.30pm.

Harian Metro reported that the grandparents were detained to assist in the investigation of Zayn Rayyan's murder.

The grandfather of murdered six-year-old Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin.

Image via New Straits Times

This comes after Zayn Rayyan's mother, Ismanira Abdul Manaf, was taken to the Petaling Jaya Magistrate's Court to record her statement

However, the lawyers for both parents have objected to the police's application to record the mother's guilty plea, saying the police were in the wrong and that this could hurt their case if she is charged.

According to the lawyers, Fahmi Abd Moin and Mahmud Jumaat, today's proceeding was strange.

"It is illegal," Fahmi said, claiming that the police used the wrong law.

Mahmud said police had brought the mother, Ismanira Abdul Manaf, to the Magistrate's Court in Petaling Jaya to record a certain "confession" under Section 26(1) of the Evidence Act 1950.

The lawyers said that she didn't plead guilty but gave a statement about what happened.

Section 26(1) of the Evidence Act states that no confession made by anyone under police custody shall be admissible as evidence against that person unless it is made in front of a sessions court judge or magistrate.

"The police should make the application under Section 115 of the Criminal Procedure Code but that provision has been abolished. Therefore, Section 26(1) of the Evidence Act is not relevant to record any guilty plea before a magistrate. There are no specific grounds to make this application.

"We say it is prejudicial to the mother, and the father, who was not produced in court today. This application can also affect any defence later if they are charged," he said after the proceedings.

The lawyers claim that they weren't informed beforehand and only found out from the media that Ismanira was being brought to court:

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