Wednesday, May 07, 2008

RPK In Jail: Did He Deny Visit or Was He Denied Visit?

Malaysiakini reports:

Wife: RPK refusing to meet anyone

Malaysia Today webmaster Raja Petra Kamaruddin - presently in jail for refusing to pay bail - has refused to have any contact with anyone including his own wife, Marina Lee Abdullah.

Marina when contacted this morning said she had gone to the Kuala Lumpur Remand Centre to meet Raja Petra and to ask him if he would want to post bail today.

"The officer at the registration counter (of the remand centre) have informed me that my husband has refused to see anyone including me," she told Malaysiakini.

She then said that she has demanded to see the deputy warden of the remand centre to get further information and is still waiting for the meeting.

Raja Petra was charged yesterday with sedition at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court over an article which he wrote in his website.

The article allegedly implied that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife of being involved in the killing of a young Mongolian woman.

Raja Petra claimed trial to the charge. He was charged under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act for publishing seditious article on April 25 on Malaysia Today.

Hearing has been fixed from Oct 6 to 10 and Raja Petra was granted a bail of RM5,000, which he refused to post, deciding instead to remain in custody until the hearing date five months from today.

And he needs some sight aid, very much just like Razak Baginda, who is in the same prison also.

Wednesday May 7, 2008 MYT 12:46:49 PM

Raja Petra yet to post bail, wants specs

PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya Sessions Court has yet to receive any request from Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin to post bail.

His wife, Marina Lee Abdullah, said on Wednesday that her husband has refused to meet family members and counsel but has made a request for his spectacles.

Marina said she will try to see him later today to deliver the item.

Raja Petra, 58, claimed trial in the Sessions Court on Tuesday to publishing a seditious article on April 25.

He became the first blogger to be charged under the Sedition Act 1948, making it a test case.

He is accused of publishing the article "Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell" on the website

The article is alleged to have contained nine paragraphs of seditious words.

But Malaysiatoday has more than meets the eye:

News From Sg. Buloh : RPK Denied Visit Right
Posted by Erin
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

RPK Fight for Justice!

updates 1247 : Puan Marina is on her way back to Sg. Buloh Prison (also known as Kuala Lumpur Remand Centre) with a lawyer, Matthaeus Cheng, to meet up with the Warden and get a letter from RPK to prove that he really requested not to be visited by any body at the moment.

This morning RPK's wife, Marina Lee went to the prison but RPK refused to see any body including Marina.

According to the Officer on duty, RPK has requested the prison official not to allow any one to visit him including family members and lawyers. Marina insisted to see him, but the Officer said he has to respect RPK's request.

Marina suspects that RPK is on hunger strike. She left a note and she hopes RPK will read it.

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