MAIS application to intervene in Allah CD case to be heard on Jan 19

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  • Saturday, 17 Dec 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has fixed Jan 19 to hear an application by Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) to intervene in a judicial review application by Sarawakian clerk Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill.

Bill filed the application on Aug 20, 2008 to declare that she has the right to keep, use and import CDs containing the word Allah. High Court judge Justice Nor Bee Ariffin set the date in chambers yesterday.

MAIS’ counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla told reporters later that the council filed the new affidavit yesterday to support their application to intervene.

He said the court also allowed Bill to file any affidavit-in-reply if needed and both parties were allowed to file further submissions.

On June 23, last year, the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s order for the Home Ministry to return the CDs to Bill.

Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who chaired a three-member panel, instructed the Home Ministry to return the CDs within a month.

Other judges on the Bench were Justices Zakaria Sam and Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim.

They unanimously dismissed the appeal brought by the Home Ministry and the Government.

Justice Tengku Maimun also granted Bill’s cross appeal and remitted the matter to the High Court to be heard by another judge to hear her application for a declaration on her rights under Article 8 and 11 of the Federal Constitution on freedom to practice one’s religion and equality before the law.

The CDs bearing titles such as Cara Hidup Dalam Kerajaan Allah, Hidup Benar Dalam Kerajaan Allah and Ibadah Yang Benar Dalam Kerajaan Allah were seized upon her arrival at the low cost terminal airport (LCCT) in Sepang on May 11, 2008. On July 21, 2014, the High Court ordered the return of the CDs to Bill, but it did not grant the declaratory relief sought by her.

On May 4, 2009, Bill obtained leave from the High Court to challenge the Home Ministry’s decision to seize the CDs.

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