Malaysia’s top blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who fled the country after being held under security laws in 2008, is free to return after a detention order lapsed, his lawyer said Monday.
However the founder of the popular Malaysia Today website, which has outraged top leaders with its stream of critical stories, is unlikely to leave his self-imposed exile in Britain for fear of fresh charges, he said.
“This order has lapsed but it does not stop the authorities from seeking my client’s detention on other grounds should he return,” said lawyer Jadadish Chandra.
“Raja Petra is in the UK at the moment and he is unlikely to return to Malaysia anytime soon,” he told AFP.
Raja Petra was detained in September 2008 and held for 56 days under the Internal Security Act, which allows for indefinite detention without trial.
He was accused of writing articles that allegedly insulted Islam. But the blogger, himself a member of Malaysia’s majority Muslim community, is best known for his political articles.
He is not an “Islamophobe“, he is a Muslim. And yet had to exile himself to UK if he wanted to remain free after being charged with “insulting Islam” and arrested.
In what country people are given more freedom? Yep, not in the “Muslim-majority” one… 😦