RPK’s defamation trial fixed for May 26

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The trial of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, charged with defaming Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the deputy prime minister, and two others, will begin in the Sessions Court here on May 26.

Judge Mohamad Sekeri Mamat fixed three days for the trial at the request of deputy public prosecutor Anselm Charles Fernandis after the High Court on Feb 13 ordered the case to be tried in the Sessions Court.

Raja Petra's counsel Amarjeet Singh had not objections to the dates.

On Feb 13, Judicial Commissioner Zainal Azman Ab Aziz ruled that the decision of the magistrate's court in allowing the prosecution's application to transfer the case to the Sessions Court was valid and in order.

He then dismissed Raja Petra's application for a review of the decision on the ground that it was baseless and had no merit.

Raja Petra, 59, had sought an order from the High Court to refer the matter to the Federal Court on a constitutional point or to return the case to the magistrate's court for trial.

The editor of news portal Malaysia Today is charged with defaming Rosmah, Lt-Col Abdul Aziz Buyong and his wife Lt-Col Norhayati Hassan in a statutory declaration made at the Jalan Duta court complex here at 10.25am on June 18 last year.

Raja Petra, who was in court, faces a maximum two years’ jail or a fine, or both, if convicted. — Bernama

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