Muham­mad Rid­uan has no right to be heard: Coun­sel

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whether Ha­tim could rep­re­sent Muham­mad Rid­uan.

Ku­lasegaran said Muham­mad Rid­uan (pix) does not have the right to be heard as he had not purged his con­tempt for dis­obey­ing a High Court or­der on May 30, 2014 to re­turn his daugh­ter to Indira, a kinder­garten teacher.

Ha­tim told the court the last time he had con­tacted his client was last year after the Court of Ap­peal de­ci­sion re­in­stat­ing the con­ver­sion cer­tifi­cates of the cou­ple’s three chil­dren which had been nul­li­fied by the Ipoh High Court.

He said after that he only con­tacted Muham­mad Rid­uan through third par­ties.

In a 2-1 ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion, the Court of Ap­peal on Dec 30 last year ruled that the Civil High Court did not have the ju­ris­dic­tion to de­cide on the va­lid­ity of chil­dren’s con­ver­sion which is un­der the ex­clu­sive ju­ris­dic­tion of the syariah court to de­ter­mine.

It al­lowed the ap­peal by the Perak Is­lamic Re­li­gious Depart­ment di­rec­tor, the Perak govern­ment, Reg­is­trar of Con­verts, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and the govern­ment of Malaysia to set aside the Ipoh High Court rul­ing that the con­ver­sion cer­tifi­cates of the three chil­dren were null and void.

The chil­dren, two girls and a boy, now aged 19, 18, and eight were con­verted to Is­lam by their fa­ther, Muham­mad Rid­uan, 46, in April 2009 with­out Indira’s con­sent after his con­ver­sion to Is­lam.

They were then aged 12 and 11, and 11 months.

The two older chil­dren, Tevi Darsiny, 19, and Karan Din­ish, 18, are in Indira’s care.

On April 29 this year, the Fed­eral Court or­dered the ar­rest of Muham­mad Rid­uan for de­fy­ing a High Court or­der for him to hand over Prasana Diksa to Indira.

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