Lawyer's motion struck out


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Court has struck out a motion by lawyer Zaid Ibrahim to set aside the appearance of a private firm to represent the Kelantan Government in defending a suit challenging the 1993 Syariah Enactment as being unconstitutional. 

The three-person Bench, comprising Court of Appeal president Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim and Federal Court judges Justices Abdul Malek Ahmad and Siti Norma Yaakob, dismissed the motion yesterday after Zaid's counsel Malik Impiaz informed the court that they were withdrawing the application. 

No date has been fixed to hear the main suit. 

On July 11 last year, the Federal Court granted Zaid leave to file a petition seeking to declare the state’s hudud law null and void under Article 4(4) of the Federal Constitution. 

Zaid also claimed that the enactment threatened his fundamental rights under the Constitution.  

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