Malaysian police have obtained a warrant of arrest against the UK-based Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown who described the move as irrational and “counter-productive” for Malaysia, The Star Online reports.
She has been accused of being involved in “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy” and for the dissemination of false reports which is an offence under the Malaysian penal code.
Brown said Malaysian police were trying to silence free media. They would be unable to extradite her, given that the offences the Malaysian police were accusing her of were non-existent in Britain.
She also said she was unclear as to whether she was accused of “forging false documents” or obtaining documents through “criminal leakages” as she had been accused of both in the past few days.
“I am not scared ….. I’m just the latest victim in an extraordinary series of recent events in Malaysia,” she told Channel NewsAsia in an interview.
In a statement issued Tuesday evening, CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said the warrant, obtained at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, was for offences under Section 124B and 124I of the Penal Code for activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy.
“We will proceed with the applications to place her on the Aseanapol wanted list, as well as the Interpol red notice,” he said.
Rewcastle-Brown, a Sarawak-born journalist, and sister-in-law of former British prime minister Gordon Brown, has been involved in publishing controversial reports of the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, whose dealings were probed by the authorities in Malaysia.
The former BBC reporter is also known to be an activist who writes about matters in Malaysia from the United Kingdom through the whistleblowing website which she founded in 2010.