KLUANG – A farmer pleaded not guilty in the Lower Syariah Court here today to possession of a book on Syiah teachings.
Hairudin Abdullah, 47, who was unrepresented, was charged with committing the offence in a car in front of a restaurant at Jalan 1/1, Taman Seri Impian, Kluang, at 6 am on Dec 3, 2014.
He was alleged to be in possession of a book, with the title “Kebangkitan As Syura dalam ucapan dan perutusan Imam Khomeini” (The Rise of As Syura in Imam Khomeini’s Speech and Message), by Ayatullah Ruhullah Musamal Khomeini, which could be linked to the Syiah teachings.
The charge, under Section 9 of the Johor Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment 2015, pr9ovides a fine of not more than RM3,000, or imprisonment of up to two years, or both, if found guilty.
Syariah judge Syazwan Mohd Yusof set bail at RM3,000 in two sureties and fixed March 16 to hear the case.
The prosecution was conducted by syariah prosecutor Noorul Badariah Abdul Majid. – BERNAMA