First Anwar, now RPK too?!
Posted: July 16, 2008 Filed under: Politics, Society | Tags: Altantuya, Anwar Ibrahim, Human Rights, Nurul Izzah, Police, Rosmah, RPK, Saiful Bukhari, Society
Raja Petra Kamarudin has been ordered to report to the ninth floor IPK KL (opposite Pudu Jail) at 10.00am tomorrow (Thursday, 17 July 2008).
According to the police, Raja Petra is to be charged for criminal defamation with regards to the Statutory Declaration that he signed on 18 June 2008.
It is not known yet which court he will be charged in as the Attorney-General has not decided yet.
Further news to follow.
Taken from Malaysia-Today HERE.
Access to the website seems very restricted. I only managed to get in at sporadic times.
It seems like the police are out on full force. Barely 3 hours into Anwar’s arrest, and now we hear that RPK is also to be arrested.
In case you’re wondering, the SD that RPK signed back then had linked Rosmah to the scene of Altantuya’s murder.
According to Malaysiakini, a candlelight vigil will be happening outside of the police station where Anwar is now at, if Anwar is not released by tonight.
According to the police, as reported by The StarOnline:
Police said they arrested Anwar an hour earlier before the 2pm deadline because they feared he would not show up.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Bakri Zinin said Anwar was supposed to have gone directly to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters immediately after giving his statement to the ACA in Putrajaya.
“However, we were informed that after he left the ACA headquarters in Putrajaya, he had changed his route and was heading back to his house in (Bukit) Segambut,” he said.
“He was arrested as we had reason to believe he was not going to show up,” he claimed.
“We wish to point out that Anwar had initially agreed to meet us on Monday but he failed to keep his appointment,” Comm Bakri added.
I had initially pointed out in my previous post that the police do have the powers of arrest at their discretion, should they choose to use it. Perhaps what they are doing is not wrong, perhaps it is by the books.
But I still think it paranoid that they could not have waited that one more hour. They could have arrested him after 2pm if indeed he did not show up.
Izzah has this to say:
Dad was arrested by the cops whilst on his way to the IPK to give his statement. The cops gave till 2pm for dad to report but still arrested him before the deadline. Dad was on his way back home to have lunch in Bukit Segambut, and then head to the IPK but the cops blocked off the road and arrested him like a criminal. And the cops who arrested him were Special Squad cops with balaclavas!!! Is that necessary!!!
I hope and pray for our nation today. I ask all Malaysians to be calm but strong in this event. I truly do believe our nation’s future rests on what happens in the next weeks.
Please please do not give the authorities any reason to crack down on us. Let us do everything by the book and do what’s right.
And most of all, please pray.
Be calm, is the general message.