Thursday, February 11, 2010


Doctor's attending to blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin's son, Raja Azman, have decided not to surgically remove the razor blade in his stomach.

According to one of his lawyers, they felt it was unnecessary as the blade had broken in two and should be allowed to exit the natural way.The lawyer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Raja Azman, warded at the Sungai Buloh Hospital, is in stable condition. He is handcuffed to his bed with prison guards on duty.

"We are making an application today to see him during the long Chinese New Year break," he told Malaysiakini.

Raja Azman (left), had used the blade to slash his wrist before swallowing it. It is not immediately known how the blade found its way to his cell.

Yesterday, it was reported that Raja Azman had been warded since Tuesday night incident.

Gombak police chief Abdul Rahim Abdullah in confirming this said a weak Raja Azman was spotted in his cell at the Sungai Buloh prison by a warder.

Raja Petra had claimed in his blog that his son inflicted the injuries on himself as he could no longer take the physical and mental torture he was subjected to by the prison authorities.

Rahim, however, refused to comment on the allegation, saying only that investigations were at the early stage.

Raja Azman under pressure

The lawyer confirmed that his client had been assaulted by two prison guards in his cell.He said the incident happened late last year, when they found a hand phone in the cell which held 30 inmates.

They beat up Raja Azman on suspicion that the handphone belonged to him.

"This was related to us by Raja Azman at one of his recent court hearings ," he said, adding that questions could be raised on how a handphone could be smuggled into a cell.

The lawyer also said Raja Azman was been placed in solitary confinement for several days after the assault.

Asked why the victim did not report the incident to the police, the lawyer said he believed that no action would be taken.

"When Raja Petra lodged a police report at the Sentul police station last year that Muslim Internal Security Act detainees in Kamunting, were not allowed to perform Friday prayers, the matter was not investigated.

"The police could have investigated the truth of such allegations by asking him or taking action against Raja Petra for lodging a false report if it was wrong.

However, nothing happened," he said.Hence, the lawyer said Raja Azman also believed that there would be no police action against the prison guards if a report against them had been lodged.

"However, it is better that Raja Azman is out of the prison," he said.

The lawyer said it was puzzling the razor blade and handphone could have made their way in prison cells.
'Punishment cell'

Raja Azman, the second child of Raja Petra, had been remanded after he claimed trial at the Shah Alam Magistrate's Court to four counts of theft, and receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.

He was accused of stealing a Nokia mobile phone, a Seiko watch, and a bunch of motorcycle keys, all worth about RM3,850, belonging to student Saipul Adli Mohamad Yunus, 21, at No 16, Jalan Sastera, U2/1K, Section U2, Shah Alam, at about 10am on April 2, last year.

It was reported in the Malaysia Today website run by Raja Petra that his son was subjected to further beatings earlier in the week and was transferred to a 'punishment cell'.

It was during the confinement that the razor blade apparently made an appearance.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini

1 comment:

boleh tak boleh said...

no wander, RPK is in a real difficult situation as to wherether to goes against BN/UMNO..