Syariah judge and adviser found alone in bungalow, court told

Syariah judge and adviser found alone in bungalow, court told
Adam waiting outside the Syariah High Court before the trial.

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia - A Syariah High Court judge and a financial adviser were found to be alone in a double-storey bungalow during a khalwat raid, a Syariah High Court here heard.

Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department investigating officer Ifzan Fadzli, 28, testified that six enforcement officers found Adam Tumiran, 45, and Nurul Izani Isa, 36, inside the house.

"The officers identified themselves and searched the whole house. Only the couple was home.

"The man was dressed in three-quarter pants while the woman was wearing a baju kelawar (a kaftan-like dress)," he said when questioned by Chief Syariah prosecutor Mohd Zulkhairi Aziz yesterday.

Ifzan said Adam and Nurul Izani were taken to the police station right after they were detained.

Adam, from Johor, and Nurul Izani, who works in Kuala Lumpur, have been charged with committing khalwat (close proximity) at a government quarters in Jalan Masjid Negeri, here, at 2.05am on Dec 5, 2010.

On May 17 last year, the couple was acquitted and discharged after a ruling stating that their marriage certificate tendered in court was valid.

However on April 30, the Syariah Court of Appeal allowed an application for a retrial on technical grounds.

Adam and Nurul Izani were also represented by Ahmad Munawir Abdul Aziz.

Syariah judge Zaim Md Yudin fixed Monday for the hearing to continue.

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