KUANTAN: The Kuantan Syariah High Court’s sentencing of Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to six strokes of the cane and a RM5,000 fine for drinking beer at a Cherating nightclub last year stays following a review by the Kuantan Syariah High Court Appeals Panel.
According to Pahang Syarie Chief Judge Datuk Abdul Hamid Abdul Rahman, the review was on the court’s proceedings that led to the decision handed down to Kartika Sari who pleaded guilty to the charge on July 20.
“As the Pahang Syarie Chief Judge, I can make the review at anytime and I did so before Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“I found that the High Court Judge had acted accordingly within his jurisdiction as provided under Section 136 of the Pahang Islamic Administration and Malay Customs Enactment 1982 (amended 1987).
“As such, the decision stays,” he said when contacted at his office here on Monday.
Abdul Hamid was asked to respond on the development of the review following the ruling made by Justice Datuk Abdul Rahman Md Yunos that had caused public uproar and caught international attention.
Kartika Sari, 32, was sentenced to whipping and a fine for drinking beer in the nightclub on July 11 last year.
Two other people -- a waitress who was arrested with Kartika and a man caught during a raid by the religious vice squad in the nightclub -- were also sentenced to a fine of RM5,000 and six strokes of the cane each after they pleaded guilty.
However, they have appealed the sentence and their cases are pending.
Abdul Hamid also said as far as the court was concerned, they had done their judiciary duties.
“It is now up to the Pahang Islamic Religious Department to implement and enforce the punishment,” he said.
On Aug 24, the sentence on Kartika Sari was postponed out of respect for the month of Ramadan.
The Pahang Islamic Religious Department was reported to have said then that it was prepared to proceed with the caning after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, depending on the review by the Kuantan Syariah High Court Appeals Panel.
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