Apply to extradite RPK? Sure or not?

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Blogger Eyes Wide Open had an interesting take in his blog on the recent hype in the media on the efforts by the police to track down RPK, entitled ‘Unravelling the mystery of the Great RPK Manhunt’ .

He wrote :

“Isn’t it strange that such a sensational story (cops closing in on fugitive dissenting blogger) gets ZERO attention, whereas the BBC covered his ISA arrest in 2008, and several other stories involving RPK. I’m no journalist, but I would have thought catching an international fugitive would be a bigger and better story than catching s blogger at home.

But this whole storm is merely raging in the tiny Malaysian teacup! I wonder why…

Well, if we take a step back and look at this whole manhunt thing from the perspective that it’s all just a big hoax or sandiwara, then you will notice a pattern emerging.

In the past few weeks, interest suddenly flares up about finding RPK after months of inactivity. Lots of talk, but there is ZERO progress in actually FINDING RPK”.

EWO then asked :

“Didn’t the cops “confirm” that RPK was in Australia a few months ago? They didn’t bring him back then. Now that the cops “confirm” that RPK is in London, they’re STILL NOT INTERESTED TO CATCH THEIR MAN?”.

Malaysiakini has it that IGP Musa has confirmed that the police have asked the British authorities to help trace RPK and that, on the matter of applying to extradite RPK from Britain, assuming him to be there, Musa said such an application would take time, but then added that “…there is no need for (an extradition) order. He has to surrender“.

And according to Staronline, our  learned AG has also gotten in on this, reporting that “Gani said authorities were still making efforts to identify the exact whereabouts of RPK and once he was located, proper applications would have to be made in accordance with the country involved to take him back to Malaysia to face charges”.

Now, I don’t know where RPK is but, wherever he is, I can’t see him walking into the nearest local police station and, as our IGP thinks he should, telling the officer in charge there that the police in Malaysia have some unfinished business with him, ask to be cuffed and then repatriated back to the police authorities in Malaysia.

What I can imagine him doing, with a mischievous glint in his eye, whilst chuckling to himself, is to send an e-mail to the Malaysian police to render the fullest details of his present place of residence and end it with “I dare you to apply to extradite me without any delay”. ( Pete, wherever you are, please do not read this as an encouragement to do this )