Posted by: becketfund | March 3, 2008

Malaysia: Teacher Sentenced to Jail for Apostasy

TERENGGANU – Kamariah Ali, a former teacher, was sentenced to two years in jail by a Shari’a court in Terengganu, northeastern Malaysia, for “declaring herself an apostate,” Reuters reported on March 3. Ali was arrested in 2005 along with others who belonged to a sect outlawed by the Malaysian government, and though she was given a chance to return to Islam during the trial, she refused. The presiding judge opined that Ali’s actions were “not within the concept of freedom of religion”.

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