PETALING JAYA, 17 July 2009: The Sessions Court here today was told that blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, accused of sedition, was believed to be in Malaysia and not in Australia as reported by the media.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar said police investigation revealed that Raja Petra, 59, had never left the country.
“Based on the police investigation, there is no immigration record whatsoever that indicates that Raja Petra has left the country. The police are in the midst of tracking down the man and working closely with Interpol to ascertain the allegation that he is now in Australia.
“The investigation has shown positive signs and we may be able to locate and serve the warrant of arrest on Raja Petra in three to four months,” he said.
Mohd Dusuki said this after Raja Petra’s counsel, J Chandra, submitted that there was no effort by the police to locate Raja Petra after 7 July, despite recent media reports that the blogger was in Australia.
Raja Petra is charged with posting an allegedly seditious article titled Let’s Send Altantuya’s Murderers To Hell on www.malaysiatoday.com.
He is alleged to have committed the offence at his house in Sungai Buloh on 25 April 2008.
Earlier, Mohd Dusuki submitted that the police could not serve the warrant of arrest on Raja Petra and a show-cause notice on his wife, Mable @ Marina Lee Abdullah, as they were not home when the police went to the house on 7July.
Judge Rozina Ayob fixed 12 Oct for re-mention of the case.
On 23 April, Rozina issued an arrest warrant against Raja Petra after he failed to turn up for his sedition trial.
She also issued a show-cause notice on Marina, who stood as bailor. — Bernama