Posted by: becketfund | July 26, 2007

Malaysia: Court Gives Greater Jurisdiction to Civil Courts

Reuters reports that Malaysia’s Federal Court, the highest in the land, has decided that some legal cases involving Muslims and non-Muslims shall now be settled in civil courts. Malaysia’s system of both civil and Shari’a courts had often created problems of jurisdiction in the past, and left non-Muslims at a disadvantage when their cases were dealt with in Shari’a courts, as they could not be present to defend themselves. On the issue of apostasy, however, civil courts will not be permitted to intervene.

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