Posted by: becketfund | January 3, 2007

Malaysia: Muslim to Challenge Country’s Islamic Courts

The Associated Press reports that Abdul Kahar, charged with spreading false teachings and violating religious precepts by a Malaysian Islamic court in August of 2005, has recently been granted the right to challenge Islamic criminal laws by Malaysia’s Federal Court on the grounds that Shari’a law restricts his freedom of religion. Islamic authorities in Selangor state had issued an edict denouncing Kahar for spreading “deviationist beliefs” after he claimed to be a prophet of Allah in 1986. If convicted, Kahar would face prison time and fines, and would be kept at a religious rehabilitation center.

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