Shariah caning in courtroom unlawful too,lawyer says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Kuthubul Zaman said the caning of Shariah offenders in a civil courtroom in Sabah last year contravened the Prisons Regulations 2000. Picture drawn from The Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — The caning of Shariah offenders in a civil courtroom in Sabah last year contravened the Prisons Regulations 2000, a lawyer said amid a debate on the constitutionality of public whippings.

Datuk Kuthubul Zaman, who is the Bar Council’s Shariah law committee chair, highlighted Regulation 132 of the Prisons Regulations, which he said “clearly provides that whipping must be done in prison”.

Regulation 132 states that any punishment imposed on a prisoner “may be carried out in any prison, or partly in one prison and partly in another”.

“So even the civil courtroom is never used for whipping. My opinion is it is unlawful to conduct Shariah caning in civil courts,” Kuthubul told Malay Mail Online. Read more