Raja Petra nabbed again (UPDATED)

This time, it’s for real. After the last round, when RPK went to Bukit Aman for questioning, they let him go without getting his statement. RPK was right when he said that it wouldn’t be the end of it.

Now, he has been ordered to appear in court, and it is expected that he will be charged under the Seditions Act for his article on Altantuya’s murder.

The Star has this:

KUALA LUMPUR: Raja Petra Kamaruddin (they even spelt it wrong..), the editor of news portal Malaysia Today, is expected to be charged with sedition at the magistrates’ court in the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex in Jalan Duta today.

He is expected to appear in court at 9.30am.

Raja Petra was investigated under section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act 1948 for the article “Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell.”

Raja Petra’s wife, Marina Lee Abdullah, said the police officer who called them did not state what Raja Petra would be charged with.

Marina said once they know what the charges are, they would post bail.

To raise bail, they will involve the people. They will put up their bank account number on the website and encourage Netizens to bank in RM1 each.

Full article here.

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I thought it was one of the basic requirements that one gets told of the reason behind needing to appear in court. I’m no lawyer, but that seems to be the correct way, doesn’t it? I mean, I wouldn’t want to appear in court without knowing why, or under which laws. I’m charged, but I don’t know what the charge is. So I’ll be THE most ill-prepared person in the whole court.

Definitely doesn’t sound right to me.

It is now 1.16pm in New Zealand, 9.16am in Malaysia. So it means that this hearing is going to start soon. Will be updating this as soon as I get more details.

UPDATE
RPK’s case has now been transferred to Session Court PJ. It seems that a crowd of over 400 people had gathered earlier and are now moving to PJ. Updates come from here.

UPDATE #2
RPK’s trial is now set for 6-10 October 2008. RM5,000 bail. RPK is said to have refused to pay bail! In the meantime, RPK is to be held in Sg Buloh.

So so, it has finally come to charging under the Seditions Act. And for what? For repeating what was in the newspaper reports? He may have been slightly over the top, but surely he’s not the only one. In fact, there are so many others who are far more “seditious” than RPK, considering that “seditious” is even the correct term to use.

So is Malaysia-Today going to “close down” until after the trials? Has RPK been banned from writing in Malaysia-Today?

I hope not. But it doesn’t seem like he would be allowed to write, not with a “criminal charge” still on his head.



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