Ex-judge criticises Jawi over action against Turkish writer, IRF founder

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Former Court of Appeal Judge, Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus. Pic from the Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) was hurting free speech by pursuing two scholars for preaching without credentials, said former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus.

He said he and the G25 group were saddened by the treatment of Turkish journalist and writer Mustafa Akyol and Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) founder Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa.

“With the greatest respect to Jawi, I am at a loss to understand as to how a public discourse on Islam could be taken to be ‘teaching’ within section 11 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act.

“Such action by Jawi undermines our freedom of speech as guaranteed by Article 10 of the Federal Constitution and the Rule of Law as decreed by our Rukun Negara,” he said in a statement. Read more

Suhakam: Turkish writer Akyol’s detention blemishes Malaysia’s ‘moderate’ reputation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Mustafa Akyol was detained by the police on Monday night after immigration authorities prevented him from boarding his flight at the airport. He was released after Jawi questioned him yesterday morning. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — The detention of Turkish author and columnist Mustafa Akyol has tarnished Malaysia’s international reputation as a moderate nation, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said today.

Suhakam also said it believed the actions by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), which had applied for an arrest warrant in order to question Akyol after he spoke at a roundtable discussion on apostasy last Sunday, were not government policy, but that the religious department had been allowed to take “arbitrary” measures.

“Such extreme action in our multireligious, multiracial and moderate Malaysia in our view is repressive, undemocratic and intended to be intimidating.

“There is no question that this must be stopped by the government and such actions that reflect hostility, narrow-mindedness and intolerance of civil, intellectual and religious discourse should not be committed again,” Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said in a statement. Read more

Kassim Ahmad to initiate contempt proceedings if Shariah charges remain

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

Kassim Ahmad (pic) has won in the civil courts in his legal challenge against Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Jawi and the government of Malaysia over his arrest and prosecution in the Shariah courts. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad has warned Shariah prosecutors to drop charges against him next Monday, or face court proceedings for being in contempt of the Court of Appeal and Federal Court’s rulings in his favour.

In a letter yesterday, Kassim’s lawyers told Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director Paimuzi Yahya and Jawi’s Federal Territories chief Syarie prosecutor Mohammad Adib Husain that they should halt his prosecution and release three individuals from their role as his bailors when the case comes up in the Putrajaya Shariah court again next Monday. Read more

Apex court throws out Jawi’s bid to appeal against Kassim Ahmad’s court victory

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In March 2015, Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad (pic) was charged at the Syariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February.― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the Malay Mail Online.

In March 2015, Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad (pic) was charged at the Syariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February.― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — The Federal Court dismissed today a leave application by Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) and two others to reverse a Court of Appeal’s ruling favouring Muslim academic Kassim Ahmad.

The apex court panel lead by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum unanimously decided today to refuse granting permission to hear the merits of the appeal, after the previous appellate court declaration that Kassim’s arrest by Jawi was unlawful.

Malaysiakini reported that the panel, which also included Federal Court judges Tan Sri Zainun Ali and Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi, dismissed the appellants’ arguments regarding the jurisdiction of Civil Court in Shariah cases, and procedures of arrest and investigation.

The panel reportedly said the questions had been answered twice — when the Court of Appeal granted leave in Kassim’s appeal against High Court dismissing his leave application, and again when the same court heard his appeal and ruled in favour of him. Read more

Hearing of Jawi’s bid for leave to appeal against Kassim Ahmad’s Court of Appeal victory

In March 2015, Kassim was charged at the Shariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February that was officiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Picture by Zurari AR

In March 2015, Kassim was charged at the Shariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February that was officiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Picture by Zurairi AR

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 7 — The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department’s (Jawi) leave application in the Federal Court to reverse the Court of Appeal’s ruling favouring Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad has been postponed to March 14*. The hearing will be heard in front of another panel after the applicants could not decide whether to proceed with the panel comprising Federal Court judges Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, Tan Sri Ramly Ali and Datuk Aziah Ali.

 

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*The hearing took place on 7 March 2017

 

 

 

 

Do we really need to strengthen Malaysia’s Syariah courts? – Zan Azlee

Source: Asian Correspondent

BY ZAN AZLEE

A participant at the Himpunan RU355 rally at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur, in support for the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965. Source: ‏@zurairi.

A participant at the Himpunan RU355 rally at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur, in support for the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965. Source: ‏@zurairi.

YEARS ago when I was 19-years-old and still in university, my parents paid me a visit in the Kuala Lumpur capital and we spent the night having dinner and because it was late, I slept in their hotel room.

In the wee hours of the morning, we heard a loud knocking on the door.

All three of us woke up and my father opened the door to see three men standing there claiming to be officers from Jawi, or the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department.

It was Valentine’s night and they were on a raiding mission all around town trying to catch unmarried couples who were feeling a little bit too amorous on the mother of all amorous nights. The hotel that we were staying in was on their list. Read more

Khalwat arrest of married couple shows JAWI spares no one, lawyer says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Screen capture of lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff (right) explains why his clients are suing JAWI over a wrongful khalwat raid and arrest as well as privacy breach, from video for the MMO.

Screen capture of lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff (right) explains why his clients are suing JAWI over a wrongful khalwat raid and arrest as well as privacy breach, from video for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department’s (JAWI) forceful and humiliating arrest of a married couple for the Islamic offence of khalwat or close proximity could befall anyone, their lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff said today.

He added that the Muslim husband-and-wife were pursuing justice against their wrongful detention through the courts to prevent a repeat of the Islamic authority’s power abuse, especially after they showed proof of their marriage.

The lawyer explained that his clients, Mohd Ridhuan Giman and Siti Sarah Maulad Abdullah were without their marriage certificate when they were caught in their budget hotel room by JAWI enforcers during a raid last month but presented it later the same day. Read more