The Shah Alam High Court this morning ruled that the detention of Raja Petra Kamarudin under the ISA was illegal and ordered his immediate release.
Judge Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad said that Raja Petra's detention was unconstitutional.
He said that the Home Minister had not followed the proper procedure under Section 8 of the ISA to issue the detention order against Raja Petra.
The judge also ordered that Raja Petra, editor of the popular 'Malaysia Today' website, be produced in court by 4pm today after which he should be immediately released.
Raja Petra is presently being held at the Kamunting detention centre in Perak.
Raja Petra's wife Marina Lee Abdullah expressed her gratitude to the court for ordering the release of her husband.
Raja Petra supporters were also present in the court this morning.
Raja Petra was arrested on Sept 12 and later sent to the Kamunting Detention Camp in Taiping, Perak on Sept 23.
Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar on Sept 22 had signed a detention order for him to be held under section 8(1) of the ISA. Under the Act, the initial two-year detention period without trial can be renewed indefinitely
Syed Hamid then told reporters that he was satisfied that Raja Petra should be held under detention as RPK was deemed to have ridiculed Islam in his articles published in his blogsites which may, could or would likely, arouse anger among Muslims.
According to his lawyer J Chandra, Raja Petra was arrested for publishing articles on his news portal which allegedly tarnished the leadership of the country and insulted the sanctity of Islam.
God, what about Altantunya? Maybe, we have to accept that it was your will as she was involved in buying and selling arms which are used to destroy human species.