Scenes of jubilation in court this morning after the decision Photo by [email protected]
In a stunning development, Raja Petra is to be freed from ISA detention after a successful habeas corpus application.
Shah Alam High Court Judge Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad ruled that Raja Petra’s detention was illegal and that the Home Minister had acted outside his jurisdiction when he issued a two-year detention order under Section 8(1) of the ISA.
“The atmosphere here is fantastic,” says [email protected], my contact at the scene. “When the verdict was read out, everyone erupted in jubilation so much so the judge had to admonish the crowd and remind them it was a court of law. We couldn’t help it though! A lot of people were crying openly.”
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“RPK is still in Kamunting. They will have to send him here for the official release at 3.00pm.”
Some 80 to 100 people are now at the court premises. A group has gone to Kamunting to meet up with Raja Petra. Others have gone to celebrate and will be back at 3.00pm.
Says blog reader aaa:
Sunday vigil (in PJ) will go on. Don’t forget the rest of the ISA victims still languishing in Kamunting.
The vigil must continue till the last ISA victim is out. That will be the deserved slap to Mahathirism.
Blog reader Vijay Kumar Murugavell says the Home Minister must take responsibility:
It was mala-fide with a capital ‘M’.
This has also cast aspersions on Syed Hamid Albar’s credibility as Home Minister; he should just resign in disgrace.