RPK still in country, court told

(Bernama) – The Sessions Court here Friday was told that blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, accused of sedition, was believed to be in the country and not in Australia as reported by the media.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar said police investigation revealed that Raja Petra, 59, had never left the country.

"Based on the police investigation, there is no immigration record whatsoever that indicates that Raja Petra has left the country. The police are in the midst of tracking down the man and working closely with the Interpol to ascertain the allegation that he is now in Australia.

"The investigation has shown positive signs and we may be able to locate and serve the warrant of arrest on Raja Petra in three to four months," he said.

Mohd Dusuki said this after Raja Petra's counsel, J. Chandra, submitted that there was no effort by the police to locate Raja Petra after July 7, despite recent media reports that the blogger was in Autralia.

Raja Petra is charged with posting a seditious article entitled "Let's Send Altantuya Murderers To Hell" which was published in Malaysia Today.

He is alleged to have committed the offence at his house, No.5, Jalan BRP 5/5, Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh, on April 25 last year.

Earlier, Mohd Dusuki submitted that the police could not serve the warrant of arrest on Raja Petra and a show-cause notice on his wife, Mable @ Marina Lee Abdullah, as they were not home when police went to the house on July 7.

Judge Rozina Ayob fixed Oct 12 for re-mention of the case.

On April 23, Rozina issued an arrest warrant against Raja Petra after he failed to turn up for his sedition trial.

She also issued a show-cause notice on Marina, who stood as bailor.