So are they thinking of enforcing syariah laws on everyone now?
Proposal to prosecute non-Muslims for khalwat
Thursday April 3, 2008 – excerpt from The Star Online
KUALA LUMPUR: A seminar on Syariah Law review wants non-Muslims found committing khalwat (close proximity) with Muslims to also be held liable.
This was among the proposals made at the two-day seminar organised by the Islamic Institute of Understanding Malaysia (Ikim) and the Syariah Judiciary Department Malaysia.
Syariah Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Mohd Asri Abdullah said the seminar had proposed that non-Muslims committing khalwat with Muslims should also be sentenced accordingly, but in the civil courts.
“We don’t have the jurisdiction to sentence non-Muslims committing khalwat with Muslims,” he told reporters after closing the seminar on behalf of department director-general Datuk Ibrahim Lembut at Ikim here today.
“The Muslims can be sentenced in Syariah courts, and the non-Muslim partners can probably be sentenced in the civil courts, to be fair to both parties.”
He said the proposal, contained in a draft resolution at the seminar, would be forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
“It is up to the Attorney-General’s Chambers or the relevant authorities to decide how to create such a law,” he said.
However, he declined to elaborate when the proposal would be forwarded to the Government.
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