IGP wants more time to get RPK

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said today that more time was needed for the process to extradite fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, who was alleged to be in hiding in London.

“We have to wait for the process. It’s not like today I say I will catch him it means tomorrow I can get him,” quipped Musa.

The IGP took the opportunity to reiterate that Raja Petra was a wanted person and that getting him was a high priority for the police.

“We have investigated. He is a wanted man…but we need to wait for the process to take place. It could turn out that they might want to take him to court there (where he is said to be hiding) first.”

Earlier this week, Musa had stated that the government will seek an extradition order for Raja Petra if he is indeed found to be hiding in London.

Utusan Malaysia had carried a report saying that the police would seek more information from Interpol and the British government.

The wanted blogger is rumoured to be seeking refuge at Trinity Court apartment in Gloucester, Bayswater in London, according to Utusan.

The controversial blogger disappeared when he failed to turn up in court for his sedition trial on April 23 because of what he says on his blog was his “self-imposed exile” from Selangor.

However, the police have not been able to track down Raja Petra since and the blogger has been said to be in neighbouring countries including Melbourne, Australia.

Raja Petra has been a thorn in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration, especially after the recent allegations made by P Balasubramaniam.

In an interview on his Malaysia-Today.net news portal, the missing private investigator claimed that Najib’s architect brother was allegedly involved in the private investigator’s disappearance and a claimed payoff for his silence in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case.

Raja Petra has used his blog to make unrelenting attacks against Najib and his wife, accusing them of involvement in the murder of Altantuya, the Mongolian lover of the PM’s associate Abdul Razak Baginda.

He is accused of publishing the article “Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell” on his website.

Raja Petra was detained under the Internal Security Act last year but a court subsequently freed him.

The influential blogger also claimed he would not get a fair trial.