UPDATED 26th May 2009 - 9.20 pm
A few days ago, I wrote this piece - Place RPK on Interpol list.
The Royal Malaysian Police has now confirmed that they are looking for Raja Petra Kamaruddin under the Interpol.
FYI, Interpol in full is International Criminal Police Organization and Australia is a listed member of this Organization as well.
Officially, Malaysia and the Australian Federal Police have to be in communication over the location of RPK - which led to a news that the man himself is in Brisbane.
Under the Interpol and intra-Government policies, Malaysia can ask for an extradition of RPK if indeed he is in Australia.
More to come.
PREVIOUSLY 25th May 2009 - 9.10pm
According to the news reports by The Star, the Royal Malaysian Police has received credible information that Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Marina Lee Abdullah are residing in Brisbane, Australia.
The last time I checked, just in case you don't know, Anwar's loyal crony is in Australia. Does Dr Rahim Ghouse ring a bell to anyone of you?
Blogger CuitSikit had a post on Dr Rahim's list of companies.
I was still young when Dr Rahim's name popped up frequently during the Free Anwar Campaign so I have not much knowledge on him but I am sure other bloggers do know the stories.
Anyway, under the Australian visa options, visitors to Australia are categorized into
2. Working Holiday
4. Medical treatment
5. Transiting through Australia
6. Event Organizers and Participants.
It seems to me that if Dr Rahim Ghouse (CEO of Kuwait Finance House) is involved, RPK might be on a "working holiday".
However, RPK is probably on a tourist visa given that "working holidays" require advance arrangement.
Assuming that RPK is in Australia, and the Courts in Malaysia have postponed the hearing twice/thrice given his absence, the Royal Malaysian Police have a possible option.
At this point, it is uncertain whether the Attorney General Chamber is considering it but let us explore this "option".
View : Treaty Between The Government of Malaysia and The Government of Australia on Extradition
The Attorney General Chamber and the Royal Malaysian Police will need to formally file a request to their Australian counterparts - namely Australian Attorney General Chamber and the Australian Federal Police - on the extradition of RPK for Malaysia to proceed with a fair and just legal proceeding on a seditious article.
This lawsuit can not only allow RPK to clear his name by providing evidences to support his claims in the article but also allow this long standing court case to be closed once and for all.
Judging by the Treaty, it seems that RPK can file for the extradition request to be null and void under several clauses like the "purpose of prosecuting on account of political opinion" and many more.
I am not a lawyer, so I leave it to the Pakatan lawyers and their knowledgeable supporters to decide if the Treaty is enforceable.
I am in no position to comment further but this might be an opportunity to test the temperature of the diplomatic ties between Malaysia and Australia.
Both countries have had a rocky relationship for the past 30 years which began with the famous standoff between Bob Hawke and Tun Dr Mahathir that ended with a formal apology by the Aussie Premier in the Australian Parliament for his unacceptable comments on Malaysia.
Malaysia's ties with Australia were "restored" under the former administration led by Pak Lah.
Will we see interesting things with a new PM in Malaysia and fresh from a damning article by Hamish Mc Donald on Malaysia that we just "took another big step towards becoming a pariah nation" ?
I have always enjoyed news of the diplomatic relationship between Malaysia and Australia. Interesting.
(Credits to AVoice, AGC and The Star for the photos)