Malaysia: Controversial Blogger Freed From Detention

Updated On: Nov 10, 2008
Controversial Blogger and Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin was released from his two-year detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA). He surprised many on 7 Nov by succeeding in his bid to obtain a release order from detention under the ISA.
Raja Petra had been detained on Sept 12 on the grounds that he had intentionally and recklessly published articles which were critical and insulted Muslims, the purity of Islam and the personality of Prophet Muhammad. He had also allegedly published defamatory articles concerning national leaders which could affect public order and prejudice national security.
The Court ruled that the grounds for the detention order by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for the blogger did not fall under the scope of Section 8(1) of the ISA. Therefore, the judge said the Sept 22 detention order was unlawful.
The Star, 7 Nov 2008, “Court Frees Raja Petra” http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/7/nation/20081107094618&sec=nation