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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

Malaysia, Crime

Alvin Tan's lawyer has no idea where fugitive blogger is

The Star/ANN | Tan Yi Liang | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Alvin Tan's lawyer Chong Joo Tian has no idea where his client is and has been unable to reach him - even though an arrest warrant has been issued for the now-notorious sex blogger.

The warrant was issued against Tan for failing to return his passport to the Court after a trip to Singapore on May 18, and he now has an Interpol alert tagged to his name.

Asked what could be done to locate his client, Chong replied they could only try reaching Tan over the telephone.

"There is nothing we can do, except call his hand phone. His family members have tried to contact him and sent him SMSes, but there has been no response.

"I am not sure when his mother last tried to contact Alvin, but it must have been some time in June as he was supposed to return his passport on June 3," said Chong.

The 26-year-old Tan and his ex-girlfriend Vivian Lee May Ling, 25, regained temporary possession of their passports on May 18, but only Lee showed up on June 3 to return the document.

Both Tan and Lee claimed trial last year to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and the Penal Code.

Tan and Lee - famously known as the Alvivi pair after shooting to fame over their now-defunct Sumptuous Erotica sex blog - still face two charges under the Film Censorship Act and Sedition Act for a insensitive "Ramadan greeting" that was posted on their blog last year.

The posting, which caused a stir among Malaysians, contained the words "Selamat Berbuka Puasa (dengan bak kut teh... wangi, enak, menyelerakan)".

Following the uproar, they removed the posting and replaced it with a picture of them eating ketupat, rendang and curry puffs.

Sessions Court judge Abdul Rashid Daud granted an application on May 12 this year by the pair to have their passports released for a period between May 18 and June 3 so that they could shoot a documentary in Singapore.

The Court has since issued a warrant of arrest for Tan and forfeited the RM20,000 (S$7,921) bail that was imposed on him after he failed to return his passport last Friday.

On Tuesday, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said his officers were liaising with Interpol to bring Tan back and surrender his passport to Court.

"Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Tan should come forward immediately," he said.

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