|Raja Petra charged, chooses jail over bail|
|Chan Kok Leong | May 6, 08 10:40am|
Malaysia Today news portal webmaster Raja Petra Kamaruddin was today charged with sedition at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court over an article which he wrote in his website.
The article allegedly implied that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife were involved in the killing of a young Mongolian woman.
Raja Petra claimed trial to the charge. He was charged under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act for publishing seditious article on April 25 on Malaysia Today.
Hearing has been fixed from Oct 6 to 10 and Raja Petra was granted a bail of RM5,000, which he refused to post, deciding instead to remain in custody until the hearing date five months from today.
He has been taken to the Sungai Buloh prison to be remanded.
If found guilty, Raja Petra could be jailed for a maximum of three years and/or face a fine of up to RM5,000.
He had been waiting to be charged at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court when he received a telephone call from the police at about 10.20am asking him to go to the PJ court instead.
Syed Akbar Ali, a businessman, was charged for posting a comment in Raja Petra's Malaysia Today.
"This is merely an excuse to arrest me, detain me or charge me. But this excuse is a stupid excuse.
Nurul Izzah said that it was a duty of everyone to come and show their support to Raja Petra.
Last Friday, Raja Petra was called in by the police to have his statement recorded over an Internet posting two weeks ago pertaining to the murder case of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a Mongolian national.
Meanwhile, the donation campaign started to raise fund for Raja Petra's bail money was stopped at about 5.30pm after more than RM35,000 was raised through donations.