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UPDATE, 4.00 pm : According to Puan Marina, Raja Petra will be brought to Petaling Jaya Sessions Court at 9.45 am tomorrow (Friday, 9 May 2008). All are welcome to the venue tomorrow to meet with Raja Petra and walk with him.
UPDATE, 8 May, 2.00 pm : Raja Petra has agreed to post bail today when his wife managed to see him for the first time this morning, reported here. Raja Petra has also begun to take some food and drink water.
UPDATE, 12.50 pm : It’s been reported here that according to Marina Lee Abdullah, Raja Petra’s wife, Raja Petra has refused to see anyone, including her. Marina also added she was informed by the police that Raja Petra is apparently on hunger strike.
Yesterday, Raja Petra Kamarudin was charged with sedition at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court over an article titled “Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell” which he wrote in his website, Malaysia Today.
Raja Petra has claimed trial to the charge [under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act] for publishing the alleged seditious article on 25 April. Hearing has been fixed from 06 to 10 October.
Raja Petra was granted a bail of RM5,000 but has refused, in principle, to post and rather decided to choose to remain in custody until the hearing.
Malaysians from all over have voluntarily contributed to a donation drive “Walk with RPK: One Ringgit One Person” to post his bail on his behalf. The donation drive has since being called off at about 5.45 p.m. yesterday as a total of about RM25,000 has been collected.
We wish Raja Petra well and demand that justice prevails.
– Terjemahan oleh Lee Wee Tak – Ucapan ribuan terima kasih dari Wee Choo Keong –
Maklumat terkini 12.50 pm: Dilaporkan di sini menurut isteri RPK, Marina Lee Abdullah, Raja Petra enggan menjumpai sesiapa termasuk isterinya. Marina menambahkan bahawa Polis memberitahunya RPK sedang bantah- berpuasa.
Raja Petra minta dibicara menurut [bawah Seksyen 4(1)(c) Hukum Akta Hasutan] kerana memaparkan karangan yang kononnya dituduh menghasut pada tanggal 25 April. Perbicaraan telah ditetapkan pada 06 hingga 10 Oktober.
Raja Petra dibenar ikat jamin RM5,000 tetapi telah menolak tawaran ikat jamin dan lebih rela dipenjarakan sehingga tarikh bicara.
Rakyat Malaysia daripada semua tempat telah menyumbang kepada kutipan derma “Walk with RPK: One Ringgit One Person” untuk membayar ikat jamin tersebut. Kuitpan derma telah dihentikan pada pukul 5.45 p.m. semalam kerana RM25,000 telah dikutip.
Kami harap Raja Petra berada dalam keadaan selamat dan harap adanya keadilan.