Four hoping to stop hudud Bill

Four hoping to stop hudud Bill

KUALA LUMPUR - Four individuals are seeking an injunction to stop PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and four others from tabling a Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act at any Parliament sitting.

The four - lawyer Mansoor Saat, activist Azira Aziz and researchers Hasbeemaputra Abu Bakar and Hazwany Jamaluddin - applied for the injunction last Thursday and it has been fixed for case management at the High Court here on Friday.

They want the five, who include Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, his deputies Datuk Ismail Mohamed Said and Datuk Ronald Kiandee, and secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah, to be ordered to retract or prevented from continuing the discussions on the proposed amendments at any Dewan Rakyat session.

The same parties have been named as defendants in their main suit filed last Thursday, which is up for case management on June 18.

In the main suit, they are seeking a declaration that if the amendments were approved, then they would be unlawful, invalid and in contradiction with various Articles of the Federal Constitution, which among others, guarantee liberty and equality of citizens and protection against retrospective criminal laws.

Among others, they are seeking a declaration that the tabling of the amendments by Abdul Hadi at any Parliament sitting would be a breach of the terms of Pakatan Rakyat's common policy framework Buku Jingga agreed on Dec 19, 2010.

In an affidavit-in-support of their main suit, their representative Mansoor, 61, said Abdul Hadi gave a letter to the Dewan Rakyat secretary on March 18 to table a Private Members Bill on proposed amendments to the Act.

Mansoor said he believed that the attempt to amend the Act was unconstitutional.

He said any approval by the Speaker and his deputies for the Bill to be discussed by parliamentarians and its subsequent approval would violate their rights.

The last sitting in March saw Abdul Hadi's Private Member's Bill listed in the order paper, but it was not tabled due to other issues that needed to be discussed.

Abdul Hadi resubmitted the Private Member's Bill just before the start of the current meeting, which began last month.

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