KUANTAN - The Syariah Lower Court here has issued a warrant of arrest against Harun Mat Saat, 47, also known as "Tuhan Harun", believed to be the leader of a deviant sect, for failing to turn up for case management for the second time.
The first time the case was fixed for case management was on Aug 20, when he also failed to attend.
Syariah judge Abdul Wahid Md. Ali Al-Fakwie issued the arrest warrant yesterday following an application by State Syariah chief prosecutor Salehuddin Ab. Manaf.
On April 24 this year, Harun was charged in the Syariah Court here with 11 charges that included disseminating deviant teachings and ridiculing Islam.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and the court allowed him to be released on a bail of RM15,000 (S$5,800) in two sureties.
Meanwhile, Pahang police chief Datuk Shariffuddin Abdul Ghani, when contacted, confirmed that a warrant of arrest had been issued against Harun. He said police would assist the Pahang Islamic Religious Department (Jaip) to track down Harun and his followers who were believed to be in hiding.
The sect came into the spotlight after Jaip enforcement chief Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malek was gunned down in his house in Indera Mahkota 2, near here on Sunday.
A man wearing a skullcap had called out and greeted Ahmad Rafli before another alighted from a car parked outside and fired three shots, killing him on the spot.
Three suspects were believed to be involved in the shooting and they made their getaway in a white Proton Wira Aeroback car.
According to the police, Ahmad Rafli was shot thrice and died instantly in the 2pm incident.
In early April, Ahmad Rafli had led an enforcement team to raid a premise used by the sect in Lorong Pandan Damai where Harun together with six women and 24 men were arrested.
Two other premises raided by Jaip officers in Lorong IM 16/1, Bandar Indera Mahkota and Lorong Seri Teruntum 39, Jalan Bukit Ubi, saw various documents of deviant teachings seized, together with several laptops, iPads, thumb drives and compact discs containing software and information which clearly contradicted Islamic teachings.
Police are also looking for followers of the deviant teaching to assist their investigation into the murder.
So far, only two followers had surrendered to the police and had their statements recorded.