KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has dismissed a religious council's bid to intervene in judicial review proceedings filed by Sarawakian clerk Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill challenging the the Home Minister's decision to seize eight CDs that contained the word "Allah".
On Monday, High Court judge Justice Nor Bee Ariffin denied an application by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to be an intervener in the judicial review but instead allowed it to be friend of the court or "amicus curiae".
Speaking to reporters after the proceedings in chambers, Mais counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said Justice Nor Bee held that it has no direct interest to intervene in the matter.
"The court allowed Mais to act as 'amicus curiae' and Mais will assist Islamic scholars to give views on the use of the word," he said, adding that the court has set June 19 for the hearing proper of the case.
Meanwhile, Bill's counsel Annou Xavier said that the judge held that Mais has no duty or owes no rights or liabilities to any non-Muslims in the state.
Xavier said the judge also cited a provision in the Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003 which stated that Mais' duty is to advise the Selangor Ruler on matters relating to Islam in the state.
On May 4, 2009 Bill obtained leave from the High Court to challenge the Home Minister's decision to seize eight CDs that contained the word "Allah".
In her application for a judicial review, she sought to quash the minister's decision to seize the CDs at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal on May 11, 2008 and for the return of her CDs.
Bill had on Sept 10, 2015 obtained the CDs containing the word "Allah" which were seized from her nine years ago.
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