Rakyat Sarawak : Undi Pakatan Rakyat

Rakyat Sarawak : Undi Pakatan Rakyat

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Raja Petra sent to Kamunting


Raja Petra Kamarudin will be sent to Kamunting Detention Centre today to begin his two-year detention under ISA, says his lawyer.

This morning Raja Petra Kamarudin, better known as RPK and editor of the ultra-popular news portal Malaysia-Today, is supposed to have a court hearing regarding his ISA detention by the police on Sep 12. When he was detained, Section 73 of ISA was used, which grants power to police officers for detention, but allows judicial review by the court.

The court can ascertain if the detainee is indeed a threat to national security and therefore the detention lawful or not.

Came the shocking news to RPK lawyers this morning that the Home Minister has signed the detention order under Section 8 of ISA, which grants the minister detention power for up to two years, but does allow judicial review. It means there is no longer ground to review in court if the detention of RPK is lawful or not.

It now seems to indicate that there was indeed no grounds to detain RPK under the pretext of national security threat. The minister knew about it, and was nervous if the court hearing the case would throw out the police detention order and set RPK free.