Model`s caning issue: Pahang Sultan to seek legal advice
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 14:08
  
Kuala Lumpur: The Sultan of Malaysia's Pahang state has said he would seek legal advice on the caning punishment imposed on a Muslim woman model for drinking beer, before deciding whether to give her a pardon.

Thirty-three-year-old Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was fined Rs 60,000 and ordered to be caned last year by the Kuantan Shariah court after she pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol which is forbidden by Islam.

Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang said he had not received any appeal from Kartika, a part-time model, against her punishment, media reports said here today.

The Sultan, who had the prerogative to forgive Kartika even if she had not filed an appeal, said he would seek legal advice before deciding whether to give her a pardon, they said.

Kartika has paid the fine but refused to appeal against the caning sentence which has been postponed several times.

On March 3, she had an audience with the Pahang Islamic Religious Affairs and Malay Customs Council President, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Tengku Abdullah had said then that he would present her case to the Sultan, adding that under Section 133 of the Pahang Shariah Criminal Procedure Code Enactment 2002, Sultan Ahmad Shah had the prerogative to pardon Kartika although she had not filed an appeal.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 14:08


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