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Raja Petra walks free from Kamunting today!

November 7, 2008

UPDATE, 4.00 pm: According to the report here, “RPK is whisked away in a beautiful maroon Rolls Royce fit for a king” and is now at home. RPK was released at approximately 3.40 p.m.

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What rocky bru says here “Triumph against ISA: One out, 65 still inside” is alluding to the High Court in Shah Alam this morning ordering Raja Petra Kamarudin’s release from ISA detention today while the others are awaiting their turn.

What did the people do right for Raja Petra but not for the 65 others? Can we please review and do the needful? Who is leading the charge … The People’s Parliament?

Raja Petra may be walking out of Kamunting today at 4 p.m. but there are still many who are “rotting inside” without justification or because someone didn’t like the look of their faces. Let’s rally public support to get them out ASAP!

For Raja Petra’s release, read the full story by Malaysiakini

Court orders Raja Petra’s release
Hafiz Yatim | Nov 7, 08 9:46am
The Shah Alam High Court this morning ruled that the detention of well-known blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin under the ISA was illegal and ordered his immediate release.


Judge Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad said that Raja Petra’s detention was unconstitutional.

He said the Home Minister had not followed proper procedure under Section 8 of the ISA to issue the detention order against Raja Petra.

The judge also ordered that Raja Petra, editor of the popular Malaysia Today website, be produced in court by 4pm today after which he should be immediately released.

Raja Petra is being held at the Kamunting detention camp in Perak.

raja petra kamaruddin habeas corpus case 071108 03Raja Petra’s wife Marina Lee Abdullah who was present in court this morning expressed her gratitude to the court for ordering the release of her husband.

A handful of Raja Petra supporters were also present in the court.

The ruling by the court followed a habeas corpus application by Raja Petra’s counsel seeking his release from detention under the security law.

The blogger was arrested on Sept 12 by police and held at an unknown location before he was sent to Kamunting on Sept 23.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar on Sept 22 had signed a detention order for him to be held under section 8(1) of the ISA. Under the Act, the initial two-year detention period without trial can be renewed indefinitely

Syed Hamid had at the time told reporters that he was satisfied with the reasons given by the police for the blogger’s detention.

raja petra to police station on burma doctor sd 040908 03“The detention is due to Raja Petra’s articles that ridiculed Islam which could arouse anger among Muslims,” he had claimed.

“The police had recommended his detention and after going through the papers, we are satisfied that there are strong grounds for him to be further detained for two years (in Kamunting).”

According to his lawyer J Chandra, Raja Petra (left) was arrested for publishing articles on his news portal which allegedly tarnished the leadership of the country and insulted the sanctity of Islam.

The former newspaper columnist had earlier been charged with sedition and defamation after linking Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife to the sensational murder of a Mongolian national.

raja petra kamaruddin habeas corpus case 071108 01This was the second time that Raja Petra has been arrested under the ISA.

He had first been detained in 2001, at the height of the reformasi movement triggered by the sacking and jailing of former deputy premier and now Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

However, Raja Petra was released after 53 days in police custody, without being sent to Kamunting.

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  1. Malaysia 64 permalink

    yeah, sekarang mari hantar pembunuh atantuya ke neraka he..he..he

  2. justice speaks with true clarity.

  3. The national trend, during the past 50 years, has been to do away with the common law right to resist an unlawful arrest. The right has been abrogated by judicial decree as well as legislative enactment. Elimination of the right is based on several factors, including the development of modern criminal procedure, the ability of criminal defendants to seek redress via other means, and the improvement of jail conditions. In the rush to eliminate a right perceived as against contemporary public policy, the courts have paid little attention to the original justification for the rule – that an illegal arrest is an affront to the dignity and sense of justice of the arrestee – and instead have focused on the alternatives to forcible resistance that have been developed, such as civil suits and the writ of habeas corpus. Malaysia is one of a dozen countries that still permit a person to resist an unlawful arrest. Almost all of these states are located in the South east asia. The question this geographical anomaly raises is why has the right to resist arrest survived in the South east asia region, and Malaysia in particular? This article suggests that a possible explanation may be the influence of uniquely Asian conceptions of honor and the right to use deadly force in self-defense. Historians have long acknowledged that Asian culture strongly supports the importance of personal honor and condones a “subculture of violence.” This article examines the development and history of the right to resist an unlawful arrest at common law and in Malaysia, scholarly criticism of the common law rule, and the current status of the rule in Malaysia, “subculture of violence” and how that relates to cases involving resisting arrest in Malaysia. All Malaysian cases involving claims of a right to resist unlawful arrest are examined. The languages of Malaysian cases provides support for the argument that the right to resist arrest has remained entrenched in Malaysian States law, and helps to explain why some states generally and Selangor in particular have chosen to retain a common law rule which has fallen into disrepute in other regions of the country.

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