March 26, 2018
Raids conducted by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) were never done while armed with a search warrant, the Magistrates court was told today by a Jawi personnel.
Mohd Johan Mohd RIdzuan, a Jawi videographer, revealed this when he took the stand as the fourth witness during the trial of Siti Kasim, an activist who was charged and pleaded not guilty for voluntarily obstructing a Jawi officer, Sit Nor Jihan Saleh @ Md Ghazali, from discharging her public functions, during a raid at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on April 3, 2016.
“Whenever we go to a location, in any case, I never saw a warrant ever issued.
“We (Jawi) do not need a warrant to do checks, and on this night I did not see any warrant,” he said.
His answer drew loud gasps from the courtroom that was filled with more than 70 people comprising news reporters, Jawi employees, and a diverse group of Siti’s supporters.
This was in reply to a video presented in court, recorded by Mohd Johan himself, where Siti can be seen requesting a search warrant from a Jawi officer during the event in April 2016.
Mohd Johan, who took the stand on the third day of trial for Siti, was responding to a cross examination done by lead defence counsel Suzana Norlihan Alias.