Police call in Raja Petra for questioning
|Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | May 2, 08 1:56pm|
|Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin has been called in by the police to have his statement recorded over a recent internet posting pertaining to the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case.
His wife Marina Lee Abdullah told Malaysiakini that Raja Petra had gone to the federal police’s cybercrimes division at 4pm.
Earlier, the police said the blogger’s statement would be recorded tomorrow morning.
This morning, seven police officers from the division – led by DSP Victor Sanjos – were at Raja Petra’s house in Sungai Buloh from 9am to 11am. They confiscated the blogger’s laptop and CPU.
When contacted, Sanjos said the police are investigating the blogger (left) under the Sedition Act 1948 for incitement and also because he “commented on a case before the court made its decision.”
Sanjos also said Superintendent Gan Tack Guan – the investigating officer of the Altantuya murder case – had lodged a police report against Raja Petra.
“We asked Raja Petra whether he was the one who wrote the blog posting, whether he posted the blog, and whether he owned Malaysia Today on which the comments were posted.
“He answered ‘yes’ to all three questions,” he said.
‘Send murderers to hell’
On April 25, Raja Petra wrote ‘Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell’. 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.
Contacted earlier, Raja Petra confirmed that the police had visited him.
The 58-year-old blogger, who is no stranger to controversy, was grilled by the police for eight hours last year 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.
The Altantunya murder trial is currently ongoing at the Shah Alam High Court.
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.