Malaysian police raid blogger over murder article
Malaysian police raided the home of a top Internet blogger after he posted an article implicating the deputy premier and his wife in the murder of a Mongolian model, reports said Saturday.
Raja Petra Kamaruddin, founder of the popular Malaysia Today site, said police officers questioned him and seized his computers over the article, "Let's send the Altantuya murderers to hell," the Star daily reported.
The newspaper said Raja Petra was being investigated as a result of the article implicating Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife in the case.
"I can only speculate that I got a bit too close to the bone and this is frightening some people and they want me to back off," Raja Petra told AFP .
"I suspected they would pounce on it because it was a very hard-hitting article. If we try to be too safe every time, then we'd end up doing nothing."
Najib, who has been named by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as his successor, has denied any involvement in the high-profile murder case involving his close associate, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda.
The analyst was charged with abetting the October 2006 murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, 28, whose body was blown up with explosives.
Two police officers from the Special Action Force (UTK), whose duties include guarding Malaysia's prime minister and deputy, are charged with the killing. A court case is ongoing.
Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor, cautioned readers not to believe the allegations about her, the Star reported.
"Whatever you read on the Internet, don't take it as it is. I guarantee that all the stories about me are not true," she said, according to the newspaper.
Last year Raja Petra was also questioned by police after posting material that drew allegations of insulting Islam and the king - triggering condemnation from media watchdogs, which have accused Malaysia of suppressing press freedom.