Rewcastle-Brown: Sarawak Report did not commit any crime


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  • Sunday, 26 Jul 2015

PETALING JAYA: The staff of the Sarawak Report cannot be extradited to Malaysia as they have not committed any crime in the United Kingdom, said Sarawak Report founder Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

"Sarawak Report has not committed a crime recognisable in the UK any more than in Malaysia, so how can we be extradited?" questioned Rewcastle-Brown on Sunday.  

She also questioned whether she could be extradited if she was to face sedition charges in Malaysia.  

"As for 'sedition', this has not been prosecuted in the UK for hundreds of years and it was abolished as a crime by the present Prime Minister - so he is unlikely to be enthusiastic about the idea if UK citizens being tried for it elsewhere. 

“No one in Malaysia has ever successfully defined what sedition means anyway.

"Is reporting a crime sedition if it annoys powerful people?" she asked.

Rewcastle-Brown was asked to respond over Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement that she might be extradited to Malaysia, following from the results of an ongoing police investigation.  

"Depending on the final investigations of the Royal Malaysian Police, the Home Ministry will formally approach the British government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if there is a prima facie case for legal action against Claire Rewcastle-Brown. 

“Cooperation between the police and Scotland Yard has already been established and this will make any follow-up action for extradition easier," said Ahmad Zahid in a post on his official Facebook page.  

He added that under the principle of sovereignty, "the British will not condone any of its citizens interfering in the internal affairs of other countries." 

On Friday, the Sarawak Report’s coverage on 1Malaysia Development Bhd was branded as a colonialist conspiracy by Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin when the group gathered at the British High Commission to hand over a memorandum criticising Rewcastle-Brown.  

The organisation’s bumiputra affairs chief Mohd Faizan Alias said the British colonised Malaysia before and could be trying to destabilise the country to do so again. 

He said foreigners had no right to meddle in Malaysia’s affairs, which should be dealt with internally. 

About a dozen members of the organisation were seen outside the office holding a banner that read, “Clare, stay away from Malaysia.”

 

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