A well-known Malaysian blogger has been freed by the courts, in what has been described as a landmark ruling, after finding that the government acted beyond its authority and his indefinite detention and the law that allows these sort of detentions were illegal.
Raja Petra Kamarudin, who is the editor-in-chief of an anti-government website, was arrested and detained without trial on September 12. He is expected to be freed on Friday. "I’m really glad it’s over. I’m really tired. The judge’s decision proves there is no justification for my detention," Kamarudin told reporters, according to AP.
Kamarudin was arrested over several comments on his site that was critical of the current government, even going so far as claiming that that the deputy prime minister’s wife was present at the killing of the mistress, a Mongolian woman, of one of his aides.
The law in question, the Internal Security Act, has been described by the opposition as “draconian and anachronistic”, according to the New York Times. Introduced in the 1960s to protect its citizens from the Communists, it is now apparently used to silent critics of the current government. The judge ruled that the comments were not sufficient grounds to put him in detention; however, the government can appeal the decision.