Malaysia: jailed blogger released

Home ministry won’t dispute court decision to release Raja Petra

The Home Ministry will not dispute the decision of the court to release blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA), said its minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.
“That is the decision of the court. So, if he is released, it’s the right of the court,” he said after launching the Kajang Prison Mosque, Hulu Langat, here today.

Raja Petra, 58, was detained under the ISA on Sept 12 as he had ‘consciously, deliberately and irresponsibly, through his Malaysia Today website posted his articles and readers’ comments that ridiculed and insulted Muslims, the sanctity of Islam and the personality of Prophet Muhammad which had caused uneasiness and anger among Muslims in the country’.

Raja Petra was released today on the order of the Shah Alam High Court which accepted the habeas corpus application filed by the blogger.

In another development, Syed Hamid asked those who had accused him of corruption to lodge a report with the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to substantiate their allegations.
Commenting on the police report lodged by the Johor Pas information chief, Mazlan Aliman, who had alleged that he had bribed his supporters to secure the post of Umno vice-president, he said the parties concerned should use the right channel in seeking clarification instead of resorting to slanders.

Raja’s arrest took place at the same time as that of a Malaysian MP accused of campaigning for a local mosque to lower the volume of its Call to Prayer. She was later released.

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