Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Raja Petra to be charged with sedition Tuesday

May 5th, 2008

Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the webmaster of the news portal Malaysia Today, will be charged tomorrow for sedition at the Magistrates’ Court in the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex in Jalan Duta.”I have been ordered to surrender at the Jalan Duta Magistrates Court at 9.30am tomorrow … to be charged for sedition,” he said late this evening.

Last Friday, Raja Petra was called in by the police to have his statement recorded over an Internet posting two weeks ago pertaining to the murder case of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a Mongolian national.

On April 25, Raja Petra posted an article titled ‘Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell’ on his blog, Malaysia Today. The posting implicated Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor in the high-profile case.

Najib subsequently issued a denial through his press secretary Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, whereas Rosmah has also denied the allegations against her. The Altantunya murder trial is currently ongoing at the Shah Alam.

Refuses to give statement.
A close aide to Najib, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda and two police special operations force personnel have been charged with the murder of the Mongolian national.
Raja Petra had subsequently rejected to give his statement to the police, saying that “I refused to play their political game”.

“My article is political. My blog is political. Najib is political. Altantuya is a political issue,” he told reporters.

The 58-year-old blogger is no stranger to controversy. Last November, he was grilled by the police for eight hours after former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhd Taib filed a police report against him.

Taib, who is now regional and rural development minister, had claimed that Raja Petra published postings and articles that were disrespectful to the King and Islam.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/82382

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