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Lawyer Siti Kassim Sues Jawi Over Arrest At Transgender Event

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KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer Siti Kassim has filed a suit to compel the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) to furnish her with names of the officers involved in a raid at a transgender event seven months ago.

Siti Kassim, 53, named the department as the defendant in her originating summons filed via Messrs Mark Law Chambers on Oct 20.

She is seeking an order for Jawi to provide the full name, designation and identification staff number and documents of the enforcement officer and arresting officer who carried out the raid and arrested her at Renaissance Hotel in Jalan Sultan Ismail here on Apr 3.

She also wants Jawi to provide documents, copies of police reports made against her, warrant of arrest or any warrants which gave the defendant the power to conduct the raid and detained her at the hotel.

She said the information and documents were relevant to identify parties to enable her raise issues which would be used in her claim, and during the proceedings.

In her affidavit in support, she said she had attended a dinner function at the hotel at about 7.30pm on Apr 3 when suddenly Jawi’s enforcement officers carried out the raid at about 10pm.

She said the officers arrested the dinner guests and her without informing them of the nature of the offence committed.

The enforcement officers, accompanied by the police, failed to produce warrants of arrest when she asked for them.

Siti Kassim said she repeatedly questioned the officers on the reason for the raid.

She was told that they had organised a beauty contest and she explained that it was a closed door dinner function.

She and other guests were later taken to the Dang Wangi police station and were made to wait for hours before she was released.

Siti Kassim’s counsel Ong Xin Yi said the High Court deputy registrar Norasyikin Sahat fixed Nov 16 for the defendant to reply to the originationg summons.

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