LIVE: RPK goes home in a Roll Royce “fit for a king”

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“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.

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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.

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mut
mut
8 Nov 2008 8.57pm

I think the comment that one swallow does not make a summer is apt. Landmark yes, but politically these are “minor” decisions, with respect to RPK and the other detainees. Losing the battle for the sake of the war so to speak. It’s like making a concession so that when a stinking political decision is delivered later, this case would be referred to assert the point that the judiciary is independent. The decisions I would be keeping an eye on would be the Anwar case and Altantuya’s. There might be others I might have missed. But politically, these 2 are… Read more »

agadam nagadam
agadam nagadam
8 Nov 2008 12.43am

Hallelujah..!! God Bless Raja Petra… Worth all those candles and prayers…
Change is coming….slowly…slowly… But coming..

Take a good rest,sir, before you fire your first salvo…

Anxiously waiting…Your next move… THE WORLD IS WITH YOU……

tunglang
7 Nov 2008 11.28pm

This is a tight SLAP on … Syed Hamid Albar for his follies on Malaysian justice and freedom. Hope to see & hear more of these tight slaps in the near future. RPK, UR insurmountable fighter.

T.H.Sim
7 Nov 2008 9.29pm

RPK is free,our M’sian fighter for justice,freedom,rights that we M’sian deservre will carry on,Daulat Tuanku,Daulat Tuanku,Daulat Tuanku,we M’sian is all at the back of PPK to keep on this untill we achieve it,and also support the candle light vigil for the release of other ISA detainee,Mansuhkan ISA.

Antares
7 Nov 2008 9.08pm

I have been floating like a balloon since an SMS arrived this morning at 10AM informing me RPK would be released by 4PM. At 3PM I sat by the river listening to the wind and it told me to have faith in Justice Komathy’s core of decency & professionalism. Double happiness on 7 November 2008!! This comes with bouquets of rainbow-colored hugs, Anil. Thanks for the superswift uploading (those of us who weren’t physically there depend so much on ace journos like you to get our excitement fix! 😉

LSW
LSW
7 Nov 2008 6.49pm

It remains to be seen whether or not there will an appeal by the AGC against the decision of Justice Syed Helmi in RPK’s case. If there is an appeal, unless and until the highest court of the land has made a decision, the present decision of the High Court is not yet final.

Ling
Ling
7 Nov 2008 6.43pm

What a relief but we must not let up on our stance against ISA.

Setia
Setia
7 Nov 2008 6.42pm

What wonderful news -we are overseas at the moment & my family have been praying for Raja Petra since his arrest.
A great moment for Malaysian Judiciary !
Malaysia really need change in all the rots thats going on from Altantuya killing( why are the Murderers & he who ordered the cruesmome execution going free ? ),Corruption in Government,the missing Balasubramaniam,the Hindraf Leaders ISA jailing, the arrogance & racist policy of Bumi-Non Bumi& Ketuanan Melayu and the daily high crime snatch thieves,rapes etc etc.
Keadilan-Pas-Dap tolong selamatkan Malaysia !

sharleen
sharleen
7 Nov 2008 6.10pm

YES MY hero IS free… GOD BLESS U

Julian
7 Nov 2008 5.45pm

*victory jig*

A small victory to me, personally. Ah, the burnt candle is worth it. Now, on to the remaining ones in Kamunting…

Blogreader
Blogreader
7 Nov 2008 5.38pm

Anil, you’re the man!!

Hey dude, maybe you wanna consider this new tagline for yourself..hahaha..know you wont.

“..who needs Rocky’s Bru (tasteless brews) when we have Anilnetto.com…”

AuntyG
AuntyG
7 Nov 2008 5.36pm

This is indeed a jolly good Friday for lady justice.
Thank God, salute a righteous judge, bravo to Malik Imtiaz and his legal team, and last but not least, awaiting RPK’s
“I’ll Be Back” ….

chong
chong
7 Nov 2008 5.31pm

HOORAY!!!

SACK the si botak … hamid!!!

old fart
old fart
7 Nov 2008 5.26pm

Feel so happy and elated for Pete now that he is out of that hell-hole Kamunting. But let’s not forget the rests. Keep on the fight for the abolishing of ISA! And for RPK to keep on the heat on that DPM and his Rosmah.

tommy  man
tommy man
7 Nov 2008 5.23pm

Hallelujah…………………..Paise to the Lord God the Creator.
justice finally prevailed. God is our judge. the aggressor will be punished .

queequeg
queequeg
7 Nov 2008 5.09pm

Three great news in three days!
1. Obama won the US presidential election
2. Anwar won round 1 of his sodomy trial
3. RPK is free
Keep ’em coming…

Sewel
Sewel
7 Nov 2008 5.00pm

Justice Syed Helmy has dealt a very heavy blow on the ISA. He has questioned the authenticity of the Act itself. 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 restored 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 judgement passed by Judge Komathy on Anwar’s sodomy trial today to disallow Anwar’s hearing to the high court we are seeing justice prevail. The Judiciary has in… Read more »

Miriam
Miriam
7 Nov 2008 4.41pm

Deo Gratias!

slogan
slogan
7 Nov 2008 4.38pm

I Feel Good.
oh lala lala la
Long Live RPK.
… Botak Albar.

1288
1288
7 Nov 2008 4.25pm

then …..who killed the lady…?

cheryl
cheryl
7 Nov 2008 4.10pm

Finally, RPK is FREE! Thank GOD! So sooooooooooooo happy!!! God bless RPK and DSAI.

S.Ganesan
S.Ganesan
7 Nov 2008 4.07pm

Yesterday’s News was great for America, Today’s news was even better for Malaysians that RPK is free. Welcome back our champion. We can look forward to change.

Jayjay
Jayjay
7 Nov 2008 4.05pm

Thanks for being the first to report news about RPK. Hooray….let’s celebrate!

lecila sumil
lecila sumil
7 Nov 2008 4.05pm

Thank you very much for bringing us live to Shah Alam high court.
Thank You Lord for Prayers answered.
Thank you thank you thank you.
God Bless RPK and family.
RPK, lots of guys are s****ing in their pants right now!!!!!!
Go after them…

harbans Kaur
harbans Kaur
7 Nov 2008 4.00pm

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.