May 9, 2009 By CHAN LI LEEN
KAMUNTING: Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees M. Manoharan, K. Vasantha Kumar and P. Uthayakumar have been released from the Kamunting detention camp.
Manoharan and Vasantha Kumar, leaders from the banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) left the camp at 2.30pm in umarked cars.
Twenty minutes later, Uthayakumar left the camp.
M. Manoharan (left) and K. Vasantha Kumar (right) have been released from the Kamunting detention camp at 2.30pm Saturday.
Earlier, several ISA detainees were also believed to have been released from the Kamunting detention camp.
The first batch were seen leaving in an Immigration Department van at about 12.40pm on Saturday while more left in an unmarked van which was accompanied by four cars about 40 minutes later.
Meanwhile, IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan confirmed that all 13 ISA detainees slated to be released were being freed Saturday.
The five local ISA detainees were being released with conditions. If they flouted any condition, they would be hauled back in, he said.
The eight foreigners have been handed to the Immigration Department for deportation to their respective countries.
It is learnt that five of them are alleged Abu Sayaff members while the other three are suspected Darul Islamiah members.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had announced on Friday that 13 ISA detainees would be released soon.
On Saturday, several family members of two Hindraf leaders were also present at the camp.
Among them were K. Vasantha Kumar’s mother, R. Manomani 62 and his sister K. Parameswari, 37 and P. Uthayakumar’s fiancee S. Indradevi.
“I am very relieved and very happy. I have a flu but I had to come and see my son,” said a tearful Manomani.
Press members, meanwhile, started gathering outside the camp as early as 8am.