UPDATE: Malaysia: Revision of Kartika’s Case Turned Down by Registrar of Syariah Courts
The Revision filed by SIS at the Syariah High Court in Kuantan also asked for a stay of execution of Kartika’s sentence of whipping. SIS maintains that it is acting in the public interest so as to resolve the controversies and to provide clarity on the legality of the whole court process.
SIS and other members of the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) also held a press conference on 30 September expressing concern when the media reported that the Pahang Syariah Chief Judge had reviewed the revision that was filed by himself earlier. The media reported that the revision was heard in a departmental meeting between the Pahang Religious Department (JAIP) and the Pahang Syariah Chief Judge on 28 September and it was later announced that the whipping sentence for Kartika would proceed. Section 168 of the Pahang Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 states that only the Syariah Court of Appeal has the power to review a Syariah High Court decision, not a departmental meeting.
SIS reiterates that the issue of Kartika and whipping as a form of criminal punishment have to be resolved through a valid and clear legal process. As a moderate and progressive Muslim country, Malaysia must uphold the rule of law and ensure that justice is done. Kartika’s case has created uproar at the national and international levels and caused damage to Malaysia’s reputation as a model Muslim country.
Dr Hamidah Marican Executive Director Sisters In Islam
KUANTAN: Fourteen Muslim non-governmental organisations in the state have urged the authorities to act against people who question the caning sentence of part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno.
They have also lodged a police report against NGOs which had asked the government to intervene to rescind the sentence, including Sisters in Islam (SIS) and Joint Action Group Against Violence Against Women (JAG).
The group's spokesman, Amidi Abdul Manan, said SIS and JAG should retract their statements and tender open apologies to Muslims for insulting Islamic law and the syariah court.
The 14 Muslim NGOs include the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), Jemaah Islah Malaysia Pahang, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia Pahang, Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association and the Islamic Welfare Organisation.
Amidi said they would file an injunction to stop other parties from questioning the decision made by the Syariah High Court here.
"We will also hold a seminar on the matter and have a demonstration of how syariah caning is performed with the help of the relevant authorities," said Amidi, who is Abim deputy president.
The seminar, to be held at the state Islamic Religious Department here on Oct 25, will be open to the public, including NGOS and non-Muslims.
Source: New Straits Times