Thursday, May 08, 2008

Malaysian blogger starts hunger strike in jail

A Malaysian blogger in jail after writing an article allegedly linking a top leader to the gruesome killing of a Mongolian woman has begun a hunger strike, his wife said today.

Raja Petra Kamaruddin, founder and editor of the popular Malaysia Today site, has been charged with sedition for allegedly implicating Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife in the October 2006 murder.

He refused to post bail set at 5,000 ringgit ($A1,685.27), opting instead to be locked up until his trial begins on October 6.

"He is on a hunger strike. It is a protest, he is not guilty and he is being punished," his distraught wife, Marina Lee Abdullah told AFP. . here .