Is getting Raja Petra as simple as a walk in the park as the police seems to think?
Bukit Aman CID Chief Bakri Zinin said the police would seek co-operation of Interpol to arrest Raja Petra according to legal procedures.
It is unlikely that the UK police would arrest him based on legal documents presented from Malaysia.
Extradition is a lengthy process and can go on for years and are usually the preserve of criminals including white collar crooks.For non-criminal cases the court process would be more tedious.
Remember? Lorraine Osman, who fought the longest extradition battle in British history.He spent seven years incarcerated in Britain before being extradited to Hong Kong for his role in the biggest banking scandal in the world at that time, loss of $1 billion by BMF, a subsidiary of Bank Bumiputra to the Carrian group in Hong Kong.
Lorraine Osman was a criminal.Hong Kong was then a British colony and even then extradition was a messy and lengthy affair.
Is Raja Petra a criminal?
In Malaysia, he may be, in the eyes of his detractors and those who wanted to silence him.In Britain, under British law, he may not necessarily be considered a criminal.
Western democracies see political persecution as crime against humanity and would give protection to those whom they perceived lives to be in danger or facing political persecution in the home country.
Raja Petra knows his stuff.He knows he can get asylum in Britain or anywhere in the EC.He has two ISA records to prove eligibility.
All he needs to do is to scream for one and he has Sun Tze on his side.