Now Abim goes after Shafee under syariah


Muslim youth movement says prosecutor must be hauled up for qazaf in talking about Anwar

(Free Malaysia Today) – Moves to indict Umno lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah under syariah law has strengthened with the Muslim youth movement Abim backing claims that he is guilty of the Islamic crime of qazah.

Shafee has been criticised for making revelations at public ceramah about closed-door court testimony against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim during his trial on a sodomy charge.

Abim president Amidi Abdul Manan disputed Islamic affairs minister Jamil Khir Baharom’s defence of Shafee, saying that scholars hold that unsubstantiated accusations of sodomy are considered qazaf in syariah law.

“Any discussion about the matter outside of court not for the purpose of a trial is qazaf, if no four witnesses are produced (to substantiate the accusation),” he was quoted as saying today. “(His revelations duirng an anti-Anwar roadshow) only involves one side of the case and is aimed at shaming someone, an act which is condemned by Islam,” Amidi said, according to Malaysiakini.

The accusation of qazaf was first brought up by preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin, who made a complaint to the Selangor Islamic affairs department about Shafee disclosing graphic details of the alleged sex act between Anwar and his aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.