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Nurul Izzah, Husband Agrees To Joint Custody Of Children

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KUALA LUMPUR: Nurul Izzah Anwar and her husband Raja Ahmad Shahrir Iskandar Raja Salim have agreed in principle to joint custody of their two children, aged seven and four.

The other terms are be discussed later, with Syariah High Court Registrar Muhammad Fateh Saleh fixing Jan 15 for mention of the case.

Fateh also fixed Jan 15 for both parties to finalise their divorce via a hakam (arbitrator) pending a review of the reconciliation committee report filed by Raja Ahmad’s lawyer, Azmi Mohd Rais.

The review was filed under Section 51 of the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993.

A date for the review of the reconciliation committee report will be known in two days.

“My client has decided to file a review of the reconciliation committee’s report as he feels its contents are unfair to him,” Azmi told reporters after the end of proceedings on Monday.

Both Nurul Izzah and Raja Ahmad were present with the former represented by lawyer Normawaddah Ramli.

Also present was hakam for Nurul Izzah, Mohd Khairul Ahmad Jadi. Raja Ahmad’s hakam was not present.

In October, the lower Syariah Court fixed Dec 8 for the appointment of a hakam to finalise Nurul Izzah’s divorce, after her husband had refused to utter the talak (statement of divorce), saying that he still loved his wife and two children.

The PKR vice-president and Lembah Pantai MP filed an application for custody of their two children on April 30 this year, four months after she filed an application to divorce Raja Ahmad, whom she married in 2003.-The Star

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