Syariah judges file suit against Rafizi

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PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysia Syariah Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion has lodged a re­port against PKR vice-pres­i­dent Rafizi Ramli over al­leged defama­tion about the syariah le­gal in­sti­tu­tion and courts.

Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory syariah court chief judge Datuk Muham­mad Ibrahim, who rep­re­sented the as­so­ci­a­tion, said Rafizi made base­less claims that bribery cases among syariah judges were higher than that among civil judges.

Rafizi al­legedly made the state­ment in a mock par­lia­men­tary sit­ting last month.

“If we look at graft cases among judges, only one syariah judge was ar­rested for such case. Rafizi’s slan­der­ous state­ment has in­sulted and tar­nished the image of the syariah court in­sti­tu­tion,” he said out­side the district po­lice head­quar­ters.

Pre­sent were Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory syariah chief pros­e­cu­tor Ibrahim Deris, Malaysia Mus­lim Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Datuk Zainul Ri­jal Abu Bakar and the lawyer to the Malaysia Syariah Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion, Datuk Mohd Haziq Pil­lay.

Muham­mad said Rafizi claimed that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 1965 (RUU355) would open the door for bribery and abuse of power among syariah judges as there was no salary in­cre­ment for them.

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