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Lawyer Mulls Action Against Jawi Over Raid At ‘Maknyah’ Event

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PETALING JAYA: Lawyer Siti Zabedah Kasim is mulling over the possibility of taking action against the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) after a raid at a fund-raising event for the transgender community.

“We are now gathering our lawyers to plan our next course of action.

“We will sue not just Jawi, but anyone else involved in the incident,” she told The Star Online on Tuesday.

It was reported that 10 Jawi officers appeared at the fund-raising dinner at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, where a “beauty show” was being held at 10pm.

Siti, a recipient of The Star’s Golden Hearts award last year, said the officers blocked all the exits and held them prisoner in the ballroom, and she questioned them and called the police.

Siti said the police arrived but left soon after.

The event hostess, known as Ira, was detained by Jawi officers and released a day later.

“There are various issues which we will take into account including wrongful arrest, barging into a private function, and also the proper procedure for religious authorities to comply,” Siti said.

“We are deliberating whether to put forward the lawsuit to the judiciary or through a writ action. That needs to be discussed,” she added.

According to Siti, Ira was verbally told by a Jawi officer that she would be charged on May 5 for contempt or defiance of religious authorities and encouraging vice (maksiat) under the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997.-The Star Online


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