Ghafar obtains temporary custody of child


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Jan 2003

By RAPHAEL WONG

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Ghafar Baba has obtained an interim order from the Syariah Court for the custody of his six-year-old daughter. 

Syarie judge Abu Bakar Ahmad made the ex-parte order in chambers yesterday following an application by counsel Dr Radzuan Ibrahim. 

The order gives Ghafar temporary custody of Kartika Sri until a final order is made by the court. 

It also allows his wife, Heryati Abdul Rahim, visitation rights to her daughter for an hour a week under the supervision of Ghafar or his daughter's caretaker, by giving prior notice to him. 

The order further states that neither Heryati nor her family or agent, representative or any other person is allowed to bring Kartika out of Malaysia without a written authorisation from Ghafar or the court. 

Heryati is also prevented from taking her daughter out of the Federal Territory or Selangor or from Ghafar's house, Kartika's school or any residence stated by Ghafar, without his permission. 

Heryati or her family, agent, representative or any other person is further prevented from disrupting, harassing or intruding into the lives of Ghafar or Kartika in any way. 

The order states that a failure to comply with any of the conditions imposed would be tantamount to contempt of court. 

Last Saturday, Ghafar filed a petition to obtain a divorce validation from the Syariah Court against Heryati.  

Ghafar had pronounced the talak satu at 11.45am on Friday.  

The Syariah Court will fix a hearing date for the petition.  

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