Halimah, 42 (right), leaving the Syariah Lower Court in Penang after the khalwat case against her was dismissed.
GEORGE TOWN: Halimah, the Indonesian woman convicted for khalwat (close proximity) by a Syariah court two and a half years ago, is planning to return home next year to see her family.
Unable to hold back tears of joy upon hearing that the charge against her had been withdrawn, the mother of four from Bandung, Indonesia, said she could finally put her worries behind her.
“I am crying because I am so happy. I am finally free. Thank you everyone for helping me.
“I cannot wait to call home and tell everyone that I will be coming home soon,” she said.
The 42-year-old spa worker, who is known only by her single name Halimah, said all she wanted to do was to continue working, save up and return to her family in Indonesia.
“I am happy with the decision and glad that it’s all over,” Halimah told reporters outside the Syariah Lower Court here, adding that she had missed her daughter’s wedding in May.
Earlier, judge Zaini Abd Rahim allowed the application by Syariah prosecuting officer Mohamad Fahmi Mohamad Idris to withdraw the charge against Halimah and ordered her case to be dismissed and acquitted, just as her case was scheduled for a retrial at the Syariah Lower Court here.
Halimah’s counsel Wan Faridulhadi Mohd Yusoff said that the instruction to withdraw the case came from Chief Syariah prosecutor Azman Ismail under Section 103 of the Penang Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment, which allows the chief prosecuting officer to withdraw any charge at any stage of the case.