KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – A husband-and-wife team were yesterday jailed six months and fined RM3,000 by the Syariah High Court after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to spread the religious beliefs of what is known as Millah Ibrahim @ Abraham.
Syariah judge Ibrahim Deris also ordered Mohamad Harizal Kamaruddin, 37, to be sentenced to two years jail while his wife Nur Ridah Osman, 27, was given two months’ jail if they failed to pay the fines.
Mohamad Harizal and Nur Ridah were not present at the proceedings and the court ordered an arrest warrant issued on Jan 29 to them be extended.
The court also granted a stay order on another accused, Kamarudin Annuar, 48, who pleaded guilty on a charge of spreading the religion after Kamarudin filed an appeal notice on the court’s decision to reject the plea of guilty on Feb 5.
On Dec 10, 2014, Kamarudin, a workshop operator, Mohamad Harizal and Nur Ridah were charged after they pleaded guilty, but on Jan 8, they changed their pleas to not guilty.
However, on Jan 29, the court rejected the non-guilty pleas of all three and retained the charges against them. Kamarudin is charged with spreading the doctrine or religious beliefs other than Islam at Jalan 2/142A, Megan Phoenix, Jalan Cheras between 9pm and 9.25pm, on Oct 20 last year.
Meanwhile, Mohamad Harizal and Nur Ridah were charged with participating in the ceremony to spread the teachings at the same time and place.
The charge on Kamarudin was made under Section 5, of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997 which carries a penalty of a fine of up to RM3,000 or maximum jail sentence of two years or both.
The charge on Mohamad Harizal and Nur Ridah were made under Section 43(b), of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997 which carries the same penalty.
Meanwhile, in the case of four other accused, Johan Haruna, 41, Mahamad Azhari Tajudin, 44, Anuar Zainal, 48, and Kamalia Mohamed Taib, 35, the court allowed their application for a preliminary objection to amend the charges against them.
In his decision, Syariah Judge Ibrahim said the prosecution did not state in detail the offences in the charge other than allowing the accused to understand the details of the charge against them.
“The court is satisfied with the preliminary objection and it is accepted. With this, the court asks the prosecution to make the amendments on the charge,” he said.
“The court also ordered the warrant of arrest for six more accused to be extended after they were absent from the proceedings after they were charged on Oct 21 last year.