|Charged over banned book|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10:39am|
©The New Straits Times (Used by permission)
KUALA LUMPUR: A store manager was charged at the Syariah High Court yesterday with distributing the book, Allah, Liberty and Love, by liberal Muslim activist Irshad Manji, at a bookshop here.
Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz, 36, was accused of distributing the book, which was recently banned by the Home Affairs Ministry as it contradicted the Quran and Hadith.
Nik Raina allegedly committed the offence at Borders bookstore, Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, on May 23.
No plea was recorded.
The offence carries a maximum fine of RM3,000, or jail up to two years, or both.
Earlier, when the case was called before syarie judge Abdul Walid Abu Hassan, Nik Raina's counsel, Roslan Dahlan, applied to the court to postpone proceedings.
He also applied that no plea be recorded as there were several issues that needed to be settled.
However, the judge ordered that proceedings go on as Nik Raina was in court.
Federal Territory syarie prosecution chief Ibrahim Deris proposed bail at RM3,000 in one surety.
Walid granted her bail of RM500 in one surety. He set Sept 19 for mention and for Nik Raina to enter her plea.
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