Malaysia: Lawyer pleads not guilty to obstructing religious department officer

June 23, 2017

Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim (pic) has claimed trial at a magistrate’s court here to allegedly obstructing a religious department officer from carrying out her duties at an event last year.

Siti Kasim, or her full name Siti Zabedah Kasim, was accused of obstructing Siti Nor Jihan Saleh @ Md Ghazali, 36, who is an enforcement officer with the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), from executing her duties.

The offence was allegedly committed at a ballroom at Renaissance Hotel here, at about 10.30pm on April 3, 2016.

The 54-year-old Siti was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code and faces up to two years’ in jail or a fine of up to RM10,000, or both.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

DPP Siti Hajar Mohd Ashif did not offer bail.

Lawyer Roger Chan, who is representing Siti, asked for the court to impose a bond without security instead.

“She is a human rights activist, a member of the Bar Council and a person with status in society. She does not pose a flight risk,” he said.

Magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abd Wahid fixed bail at RM3,000 with one surety. The case is set for mention on Aug 22.


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