Yesterday morning, he dutifully surrendered himself at the Dang Wangi police headquarters, hoping to "assist" police in their investigation.
Shortly after, he was handcuffed and brought to the lock-up, but not before an officer threatened him with torture if he refused to confess that he was responsible for violence on April 28.
"While in the lock-up, a uniformed police who was holding a black pipe rod, asked me: 'You are Bersih, aren't you?' before he kicked my buttock and pushed me into a cell. I fell down and he instructed me to get up and sit on a chair," said Safuan, 25, recalling his ordeal in a police report he filed at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters today.
Safuan, who hails from Terengganu and works as a technician, was accompanied by rights lawyers Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and Afiq M Noor from Lawyers for Liberty, Maria Chin Abdullah and Mandeep Singh from Bersih and representatives from human rights group KOMAS.
In his report made available to Harakahdaily, Safuan said the same officer then started beating his face and shoulder with the black pipe, telling him to confess that he had vandalised a police patrol car.
Safuan maintained his innocence to the officer, and was later told to change clothes.
Another officer, who brought him to a different cell occupied by four detainees, then jested at them that Safuan was a Bersih protester. "Gangster!" yelled the policeman. One of the detainees then slapped him four times, without being prevented by the policeman, said Safuan.
According to Safuan, he had also been forced to sign a document which he suspected was a written confession prepared by the police.
He hoped the incident of his torture under custody would be investigated.
Safuan's plight was something forewarned by PAS president Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang, who last week demanded the police to guarantee the safety of those who surrendered themselves.
“How can these people who are told to surrender be assured of their safety and not face the same kind of treatment during the investigation?” asked Hadi.
Prior to this, another Bersih participant, Khalid Ismath, said he was asked unrelated questions of a sexual nature when he was interrogated over claims that he had kicked a traffic cop during the April 28 rally.
Khalid had also voluntarily gone to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters to assist with investigations into the allegation against him.
Some 200,000 people gathered for the Bersih 3.0 rally in several parts of the capital on April 28, calling for urgent electoral reforms be carried out before the next general election.
The government earlier snubbed an offer by United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank William La Rue, to objectively investigate the incidents during the rally. Instead, it appointed former police chief Hanif Omar to head its 'independent panel'.-harakahdaily
Police tortured me, claims Bersih participant
Keganasan polis: Wartawan beri Najib 2 minggu untuk bertindak
Sekumpulan enam wartawan daripada Institute of Journalism (IJ) memberi tempoh hingga hujung bulan ini untuk Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengambil tindakan ke atas keganasan polis terhadap petugas media pada perhimpunan Bersih 3.0.
Dengan berpakaian serba hitam dan mengenakan riben kuning, mereka menyerahkan memorandum mengandungi 3,000 tanda tangan wartawan dan jurugambar ke Pejabat Perdana Menteri pagi tadi.
Memorandum yang mewakili 14 organisasi media itu mendesak Perdana Menteri, Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein dan Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Ismail Omar memohon maaf secara terbuka kepada wartawan ekoran tindakan melampau polis terhadap mereka.
Mereka turut mendesak polis memulang peralatan yang dirampas dan mengganti peralatan yang rosak.
Wakil IJ, Radzi Razak berkata, sejak insiden 28 April lalu, tiada maklum balas daripada kerajaan mengenai bantahan wartawan yang dikasari dan pihaknya kini bercadang untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang.
“Kita sudah memberi masa cukup lama kepada mereka. Sudah tiba masanya kerajaan menjawab dan memberi maklum balas mengenai isu ini,” katanya kepada Keadilan Daily.
Sambil menegaskan tidak memihak kepada mana-mana parti politik, beliau hanya mahu kerajaan menghormati dan melindungi wartawan yang bertugas.
“Kami juga tidak membenci polis, tetapi kita mahu polis memberi keadilan melampaui ideologi politik,” katanya.
Radzi dari akhbar The Sun merupakan salah seorang wartawan yang dimasukkan ke hospital selepas cedera rusuk dan mengalami kecederaan dalaman ketika membuat liputan perhimpunan Bersih.
Polis turut melakukan serangan terhadap wartawan lain termasuk Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insider, Al Jazeera, Makkal Osai, Guang Ming Daily, Channel News Asia, Merdeka Review dan The Malay Mail.
Polis merosakkan kamera dan merampas rakaman mereka untuk menghapuskan bukti.-.keadilandaily.
Khalid Ismath kesal dituduh tendang polis
JOM MAIN TONGGEK2...
(di depan rumah Najib, Timbalan IGP kata tak salah berdemonstrasi di depan rumah)