KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed Jan 23 to hear Heryati Abdul Rahim’s application for the release of her six-year-old daughter, whom she alleges is being “illegally detained” by Tamrin Ghafar, the eldest son of former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba.
The habeas corpus application, filed by Heryati on Jan 9, was to be heard yesterday but Tamrin's lawyers requested for more time to submit his affidavit-in-reply.
Justice S. Augustine Paul allowed the request and told both parties to file their papers before the next hearing date.
“This is a matter involving a young child. It should be resolved as soon as possible,” said the judge.
In her application naming Tamrin as the sole respondent, Heryati, 41, wants an order for daughter Kartika to be brought to court and released there.
She claimed that Tamrin, the former MP for Batu Berendam, had taken her daughter following a fight between them at her Taman Duta house on Jan 5.
At the Syariah Court yesterday, Heryati appointed counsels Mohd Zaidi Mohd Zain and Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusoff to handle her divorce proceedings after Ghafar filed a petition to obtain a divorce validation from the Syariah Court against her.
Ghafar had pronounced the talak satu at 11.45am on Friday.