Friday, May 9, 2008

Raja Petra Case latest news

Malaysia Today news portal editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, better known as RPK, will be spending another night at the Sungai Buloh Prison eventhough his wife had posted the RM5,000 bail imposed on him by the Sessions Court on Tuesday after he claimed trial to a sedition charge.

Marina Lee Abdullah, 54, posted the bail at about 2.15pm today after she managed to persuade her husband for the bail to be posted when she met him for about 10 minutes today.

Asked what prompted Raja Petra to change his mind, Marina said it was probably the note she left for her husband yesterday with the prison officials after he refused to meet her.

Marina said she had stated in the note that his readers were fully behind him and his family missed him dearly.

“I met him for 10 minutes before he agreed for bail to be posted. He told me he had a drink this morning before I rushed to the court to facilitate his release,” she said.
Sessions Judge Nurmala Salim issued the “Order To Produce” (OTP) to facilitate prison officials to bring Raja Petra to court tomorrow morning before releasing him on bail.

Raja Petra’s counsel Jadadish Chandra told reporters the blogger would be brought to court tomorrow morning as stated in the OTP.

“I met the judge in her chambers to get my client released by today but the judge explained she must follow procedures since the OTP she signed was for tomorrow,” he said.

Raja Petra, 58, claimed trial on Tuesday for allegedly posting a seditious article entitled “Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell” on his website on April 25.

Raja Petra had refused to post bail and instead opted to go to jail pending the trial on Oct 6.

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