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Prosecuting ‘cross-dressers’ unconstitutional, says syariah lawyer

in MALAYSIA, 12/01/2014

Jabatan Agama Islam Pahang (JAIP)’s new syariah law to prosecute cross-dressers is unconstitutional as enactments made by a state-empowered body must be grounded on an appropriate legislative competence and should not overrule fundamental liberties, said syariah lawyer Nizam Bashir Abdul Kariem Bashir.

On Thursday, Pahang Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (Muip) deputy president Datuk Seri Wan Abdul Wahid Wan Hassan said those arrested under the new Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment 2013 could face a maximum of a year’s jail or be fined up to RM1,000 or both if convicted. Read more

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