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Saturday May 8, 2010

Royal car ambushed by armed men, claims prince

KUALA LUMPUR: The car bearing the Sultan of Kelantan and Raja Perempuan was ambushed mere metres from the Royal Palace by armed men, and guns were aimed at the head of its driver.

In shocking claims made in an affidavit filed yesterday, the Sultan’s third son Tengku Temenggong Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra said the driver was forcibly dragged out of the vehicle by the men, who were in balaclavas and armed with semi-automatic weapons.

He said in the affidavit filed in support of the habeas corpus application that weapons were also pointed at Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis Tengku Hamid and passengers in other cars in the entourage leaving for the airport at about 7.20pm on Tuesday.

“When the Raja Perempuan refused to leave His Royal Highness in the vehicle alone, some of the armed men attempted to remove her from the car but she refused to budge,” he claimed.

In his version of the events that unfolded just as the Sultan was to leave on a commercial flight for Singapore for follow-up treatment, he said the car was stopped some 30m outside of the palace by vehicles carrying armed policemen from the Special Action Force.

“Some 30 to 40 men in balaclavas, most of whom were armed with semi-automatic guns, then charged towards His Royal Highness’ car,” he said, adding that after the driver was forced out, the royal couple was then driven by one of the armed men to the hospital in Kubang Kerian.

Relating information that he said was provided to him by the Raja Perempuan, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry said his father was “terrified and refused to be driven” by the armed men.

“His Royal Highness did not, at any time, agree to be brought to the Kubang Kerian Hospital.

“He was and is extremely upset with the action by these armed men,” he said in the 15-page affidavit.

He also accused the armed men of pushing the Raja Perempuan out of the hospital elevator when she attempted to follow her husband but that she managed to wriggle herself in eventually after a scuffle.

Tengku Muhammad Fakhry also alleged that his father had told both his mother and policemen present that he did not want to stay in the hospital and wanted to return to the palace but that they then were prevented from leaving.

He also expressed concern over his father’s health, stating that there could be “irreversible damage” if he was not immediately allowed to continue treatment in Singapore.

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