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Daily Express, Kota Kinabalu, 4 September 2009
Drugs: Two Filipinos jailed plus 10 strokes
Kota Kinabalu: Two Filipinos were jailed 11 years and 10 years and ordered given 10 strokes of the cane each by the Sessions Court here Thursday for being in possession of drugs.
Painter Mukim Tamang, 49, was found guilty of having 11 packets of syabu weighing 38.76gm at 9.15pm on Dec 11, 2007 at a roadside in Inanam Jaya, Inanam.
Judge Ismail Brahim ordered Mukim to serve his 11 years' imprisonment from the date of his arrest on Dec 11, 2007.
In his judgement, Ismail held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
Counsel Hamid Ismail, who represented Mukim, applied for leniency, saying it was the accused's first offence and that the amount of drug was not massive.
Hamid said his client, who had been under remand for two years, has two wives with eight children aged between one and nine years.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Shukor Abu Bakar, however, urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence on the grounds that drugs are the country's number one enemy.
He said the court should not only see the drug amount but the impact of drugs on society.
Mukim was found guilty after seven prosecution and six defence witnesses testified.
Meanwhile, the other Filipino, Rena Hassan, was ordered to serve 10 years' jail after he pleaded guilty to having 195.6gm of cannabis.
Clothing seller Rena, 35, had committed the offence at about 4.32pm on Sept 18, 2008 at a temporary car park in Karamunsing complex, Jalan Bukit Nanas.
Rena was not represented. The court also ordered both Mukim and Rena to be referred to the immigration authorities after serving their prison sentences.
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The Straits Times, Singapore, 16 September 2009
Pahang orders caning for Indonesian who drank
By Elizabeth Looi
KUALA LUMPUR: An Indonesian Muslim man has become the first foreigner in Malaysia to be sentenced by a syariah court to be caned and jailed for drinking alcohol.
The sentence was handed down by the same Islamic court judge
who caused a national furore recently after he sentenced a
Malaysian Muslim woman to be caned when she was caught drinking.
The New Straits Times newspaper on Tuesday quoted the judge as
saying after sentencing Nazarudin: "The sentence meted out
to him is not meant as punishment but to serve as a lesson."
But the Indonesian Embassy, when contacted, believes the case
would not further anger Indonesians.
The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 16 September 2009
Syariah judge stands by his caning decision
By Roslina Mohamad
Although his decisions to whip Muslims caught for drinking has
been criticised by some, Kuantan Syariah High Court judge Datuk
Abdul Rahman Md Yunos makes no apologies for his actions.
When asked to comment on the controversy surrounding his decisions -- including the caning of part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno -- Abdul Rahman replied it was unethical for him to give his opinion.
The first case involved brothers Mohamed Nizam Ibrahim and
Mohamed Nasha who were given the maximum sentence of six strokes
of the cane and fined RM5,000 each on June 14, 2005 to drinking
stout at a restaurant in Jalan Bukit Ubi here on Aug 19, 2004.
They have appealed and the case is still pending.
New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 18 September 2009
Caning for couple caught almost naked in car
By Rita Jong
SHAH ALAM: A man and a woman earned the dubious
distinction of being the first couple to receive six strokes of
the rotan by the Syariah High Court here for attempting to have
sex out of wedlock. Mohd Shahrin Abd Majid, 29, and his lover
Nadiah Najat Hussin, 24, who are both working in the private
sector, were fined RM5,000 or 12 months' jail and ordered to be
caned six times each.
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The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 29 September 2009
Kartika's whipping punishment upheld
By Roslina Mohamad
KUANTAN: The Kuantan Syariah High Court Appeals Panel has upheld the punishment meted out to part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno who was found guilty of drinking beer by the Syariah High Court.
Syarie Chief Judge Datuk Abdul Hamid Abdul Rahman said the High Court Judge had acted within the jurisdiction provided under Section 136 of the Pahang Islamic Administration and Malay Customs Enactment 1982 (amended 1987).
"As the Pahang Syarie Chief Judge, I can make the review any time and I did so before the Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
"I found that the High Court Judge had acted accordingly. As such, the decision stays," he said when contacted at his office here yesterday.
Kartika, 32, was sentenced to six strokes of the cane and fined RM5,000 after pleading guilty to committing the offence in the nightclub in Cherating on July 11, last year.
Two others, a waitress and a man, were also caught during a raid by the religious vice squad. They are appealing against their sentences.
Justice Abdul Hamid was asked about the review following the
ruling made by Syariah High Court Justice Datuk Abdul Rahman Md
Yunos that caught even international attention.
"It is now up to the Pahang Islamic Religious Department
to implement the punishment. The department is responsible in
enforcing the penalty imposed," he added.
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