Rid­uan fails to ap­pear in court

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PUTRAJAYA: Mus­lim con­vert Muham­mad Rid­uan Ab­dul­lah did not show up at the Fed­eral Court yes­ter­day de­spite be­ing asked to be present.

How­ever, his lawyer Ha­tim Musa was al­lowed to ap­pear on his be­half and make sub­mis­sions in an ap­peal filed by his ex-wife M. Indira Ghandi over Rid­uan’s uni­lat­eral con­ver­sion of their chil­dren to Is­lam.

On Mon­day, Indira’s lawyer M. Ku­lasegaran had ob­jected over Ha­tim’s pres­ence in court to rep­re­sent Rid­uan in the sub­mis­sions of the ap­peal.

Rid­uan is at present in con­tempt of court for fail­ing to re­turn his youngest daugh­ter to Indira, de­spite an or­der by the High Court grant­ing cus­tody to the Hindu mother.

A five-man panel led by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulke­fli Ah­mad Mak­in­udin and com­pris­ing Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malan­jum and Fed­eral Court judges Tan Sri Zainun Ali, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin and Tan Sri Ramly Ali, will hear the pros­e­cu­tion’s sub­mis­sion on Dec 5.

Indira was ap­peal­ing against a 2-1 ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion of the Court of Ap­peal on Dec 30 last year that it did not have ju­ris­dic­tion to de­cide on the con­ver­sion as the case was un­der the syariah court.

On March 2009, Rid­uan con­verted to Is­lam and con­verted the chil­dren to Is­lam in Perak on April 2, 2009, with­out Indira’s knowl­edge. – by S. Ta­ma­rai Chelvi

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