“We have to fight all out and get the ISA abolished,” says RPK before he is driven home. Photos by [email protected]
Updates by anilnetto.com with [email protected] reporting live from the scene.
1800: Correction: The person in the front seat of the Rolls was not Tony Pua but someone else. Sorry, Tony!
1743: Blog reader Andrew tells us not to get too carried away:
Your reader’s comments all TOO OPTIMISTIC about the judiciary. One swallow does not make a summer. One case does not exonerate the judiciary’s discredit nor does it signal any significant change. Only a series of good judgments over a prolonged period of time will do this. If any of the other ISA detainees were to challenge their detention, would they be freed?
1723: The thanksgiving continues, this time from Tommy Man:
Hallelujah…Praise to the Lord God the Creator.
Justice finally prevailed. God is our judge. The aggressor will be punished.
1702: [email protected] is now taking a well-deserved break to freshen up before heading for Seremban, where he expects RPK to turn up for the weekly Friday night Abolish ISA vigil at Dataran Seremban Park at 8.00pm. It should be an exciting night!
Utter delight: His supporters chant “RPK! RPK!”
1700: RPK’s release is a blow for advocates of the ISA, says blog reader Sewel:
Refreshing to see Habeas Corpus was used as a leverage to challenge the ISA. This is common law at its best. Justice Syed Helmy has also (given) a much needed credibility boost to Malaysia’s judiciary. Justice Helmy put to rest the false assumption that nobody could question the ISA.
Together with the judgment passed by Judge Komathy on Anwar’s sodomy trial today to disallow (AG’s request for) Anwar’s hearing to (be transferred to) the high court, we are seeing justice prevail. The Judiciary has in fact today in different sittings questioned the credibility and judgement of both the Attorney-General and the Home Minister.
1639: Haris and Zorro thank everyone for their support. Haris reminds the crowd that there are over 60 detainees who need to be freed as well. Everyone here is taking a “piece of justice” home today.
1600: Blog reader Harbans Kaur heaves a sigh of relief:
Yay! Good news. Thanks for the live up-date. I’ve been on tenterhooks all morning wondering if he was going to be re-arrested outside the courthouse. God Bless RPK! We must continue to pressure the release of all other ISA detainees! The anti-ISA vigils should continue.
1540: He is freed! “RPK is whisked away in a beautiful maroon Rolls Royce fit for a king,” says [email protected] RPK and Marina are in the back seat while Tony Pua is in the front. Some 150 supporters are chanting, “RPK! RPK!”
“You should have seen it for yourself!” says [email protected], in the midst of all the frenzy. “All it took was 30 minutes in court. As the doors swung open, reporters swarmed all around RPK so that you could barely see his face.”
Facing the media glare: RPK is back!
It’s a good day for the forces of change in Malaysia as over in Kuala Lumpur, Sessions Court Judge S M Komathy has ruled in Anwar’s favour. in deciding that his sodomy trial could be heard in the same court and not a higher court. We do have a few independent-minded judges out there, it would seem.
1519: About 60 people – reporters, supporters and others – are now outside the courtroom, which has room for 60 seated and 10 standing. Malaysia Today takes up the report inside the courtroom:
The courtroom is packed. Malik Imtiaz has asked everyone to contain themselves, to not clap or shout as it is a court. Zorro is left standing as there is just no more space left to sit. He had a seat earlier but when he got up to speak to RPK, his place was immediately taken up.
Not to worry though as he is standing for less than five minutes. The judge says as RPK has been brought before the court, all conditions have been met and he is therefore free to go.
People around raise their fists in the air and shake each other’s hands. But all keep quiet. Everyone mobs RPK again when he gets up to leave. It takes a longer time getting out of court than the actual proceedings.
1505: RPK arrives in a white van with supporters chanting “RPK! RPK!”. He is quickly taken to a lift barely 80 metres from the entrance to the court.