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Dec 3 Decision By Syariah Court On Muslim Convert To Renounce Islam

ICC note: The Malaysian civil courts have referred to the Sharia courts another case of a Muslim who wants to change her religion. While the plaintiff is not a Christian, this case builds on the precedent set in the Lina Joy case and shows the steady movement of the country toward the implementation of Sharia law.

8/10/07 Malaysia (Bernama) — The Penang Syariah High Court Friday postponed to December 3 to decide on an application by a Muslim convert to renounce Islam.
Judge Othman Ibrahim made the order to allow Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah to be referred to the Penang Islamic Religious Department (Jaip) for guidance and counselling.
“The decision is shelved pending further instruction to refer the plaintiff to Jaip’s Ukhuwah Unit for counselling and a report to be submitted within three months,” he said.
Siti Fatimah, previously known as Tan Ean Huang, 38, from Nibong Tebal, filed her application to renounce Islam on July 10 last year…
She claimed that she did not believe in Islam and that she converted to the religion to enable her to marry an Iranian by the name of Ferdoun Ashanian. The couple married on Sept 16, 2004.
Siti Fatimah filed the application to renounce Islam after her husband left her….

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