Fugitive blogger's son tortured by Malaysian Police?

Raja Petra claims his son was being tortured by the authorities.
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 — Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has denied that fugitive blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin’s son, Raja Azman, was tortured while being held under remand at the Sungai Buloh prison.

He said the Prisons Department had made a police report on the matter and that police had commenced investigations.

“We will reveal the full details when the probe is completed,” he told reporters here today.

He said this when asked to comment on claims by Raja Petra that the Malaysian authorities were targeting Raja Azman to punish him (Raja Petra).

Raja Petra, who absconded from a sedition trial he was facing, claimed that his son had resorted to slashing his wrists and swallowing razor blades because he could not stand the physical and mental torture he was being subjected to at the prison.

The present whereabouts of Raja Petra, the editor of the Malaysia-Today portal, are unknown.

Raja Azman, 34, who was being remanded at the prison on suspicion of theft, has been reported to have been hospitalised at the Sungai Buloh Hospital on Tuesday after he was believed to have swallowed a razor blade.

Yesterday, Prisons Secretariat Unit head Abd Rahman Taib had said that Raja Azman had been hospitalised for self-inflicted injuries.

He said Raja Azman had admitted to swallowing a sharp object and also sustained minor injuries on his wrist.

He said there had been no signs of torture, abuse, pressure or force inflicted on Raja Azman and that besides lodging a police report, the Prisons Department had also set up an investigation board over the matter. — Bernama

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