Monday, June 23, 2008

Police studying allegations by Raja Petra

Tuesday June 24, 2008

Police studying allegations by Raja Petra

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin on his statutory declaration over purported facts related to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu under Section 203 of the Penal Code.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin said that it was an offence punishable up to two years’ jail or a fine, or both, for anyone to give false information.

He said police had yet to pick up Raja Petra for questioning as they were still studying the allegations filed by the 58-year-old blogger on June 18.

“We will have to look into the claims made by Raja Petra first before we decide to pick him up or not,” he said yesterday. He added that the matter could be sub judice as the Altantuya murder case was still being heard.

In the declaration, Raja Petra claimed that three people – one of them a prominent woman – were present at the scene during the murder of the Mongolian translator in October 2006.

Comm Bakri said that the three individuals named in the document would be called up to assist in investigations.

Meanwhile, Raja Petra’s wife Marina Lee Abdullah, when contacted yesterday, said: “The police have yet to call up my husband.”

Copies of the two-page declaration together with the identity of the trio have been posted on various blog sites.

In the document, Raja Petra said he was reliably informed of the allegations. Meanwhile, the Attorney-General’s Chambers has lodged a police report against Raja Petra over the statutory declaration.

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