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Non-Muslims can practise Shariah Law: Malaysian court

Last Updated: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 19:09

Kuala Lumpur: For the first time, non-Muslim lawyers in Malaysia can practise Shariah Law following a landmark decision by the country`s Court of Appeal on Friday.

In its judgement on the case of Victoria Jayaseelan Martin`s attempt to become a Shariah lawyer, the court said the Federal Territories Islamic Council (MAIWP) had exceeded its powers in rejecting her application on grounds that she was a non-Muslim.
Justice Abu Samah said the law governing the appointment of Shariah lawyers did not specify that applicants must be a Muslim.

"If the intention is to prohibit non-Muslims from appearing in the Shariah Court, that should be expressly stated in the legislation," he said while delivering the judgement.

First Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 19:09
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