Monday, October 06, 2008

RPK AT PJ SESSIONS COURT ON SEDITION CHARGES

It was reported that Raja Petra Kamaruddin or RPK, the purported editor of MalaysiaToday, who is currently serving a 2 year ISA detention at Kamunting had appeared at 8.25am today at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court to face charges of Sedition over the article published in MalaysiaToday entitled 'Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell' which is alleged to have contained nine paragraphs of seditious words. RPK was formally charged on May 6, 2008.

The Court was informed that he had committed the said offence at his home at Jalan BRP 5/5 in Bukit Rahman Putra in Sungai Buloh on April 25 and if convicted, he can be fined a maximum of RM5,000 or jailed up to three years or both under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act.

The trial commenced with its first witness Harme Mohamed, an information technology expert from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, who informed the court about websites and how they operate.

It was also reported that a crowd of more than 60 supporters wearing T-shirts bearing 'release RPK and Abolish ISA' were at the compound of the Court as early as 8am. Among the crowd were his wife, Marina Lee Abdullah, Lim Kit Siang and other Opposition politicians and bloggers.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini n the STAR, while photo courtesy of theSTAR