WIKILEAKS PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release.
Mon Nov 10 22:43:37 GMT 2008
On Friday Malaysia’s Shah Alam High Court freed blogger and Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin from the Kamuting detention center, where he had been held under Malaysia’s notorious Internal Security Act.
Raja Petra, 58, was detained on September 12, two and a half months after he publicly leaked a Statutory Declaration he had sent to the Malaysian police on June 18. The declaration implicated the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife and two Colonels in 19 Oct 2006 murder of the 28 year old Mongolian beauty, Miss. Altantuya Shaariibuu, whose body was revealed by forensics to have been destroyed by C-4 explosives. Miss. Shaariibuu is believed to have been the lover of one or more senior Malaysian figures.
Raja Petra’s release follows his application for a writ of habeas corpus, on the grounds that his detention under the ISA was unlawful and unconstitutional.
The declaration appeared in Wikileaks on June 26 as http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Raja_Petra_Kamarudin_statutory_declaration_on_Altantuya_Shaariibuu_murder — and was subsequently censored in Malaysia.
Sunshine Press congratulates Raja Petra and all those who fought for his release.