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Ruler's wife's objection rejected
Mon, May 24, 2010
New Straits Times

KOTA BARU, MALAYSIA: The Syariah High Court yesterday rejected a preliminary objection by Cik Puan Elia Suhana Ahmad, the second wife of the Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Ismail Petra, to dismiss a divorce application made by the sultan through a third party two months ago.

Syariah Court judge Abdullah Man said he came to the decision after going through all the documents and written submissions of both lawyers for the plaintiff and defendant.

In his 20-minute judgment, Abdullah said the divorce application made by Datin Nik Rorhana Wan Abdul Rahman was not wrong as it was made according to syariah.

"We will write to the palace soon to seek an audience with the sultan to confirm the cerai talak tiga (irrevocable divorce) as claimed by the plaintiff."

Yesterday's hearing was set following an application made by Elia Suhana on March 21.

Nik Rorhana had filed the divorce application on March 9.

Both Elia Suhana and Nik Rorhana were present in court.

Elia Suhana was represented by lawyer Fakhrul Azman Abu Hassan while Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar acted for Nik Rorhana.

Abdullah said parties who were not satisfied with the decision could appeal within 14 days.

He set June 13 to hear the application for divorce.

Meanwhile, Fakhrul Azman said his client would adhere to the decision and would not appeal.

"Various questions will arise if we make the appeal.

"So, it is better for us to wait for the case to settle before making any move."

Zainul Rijal said the plaintiff in the divorce proceeding was ready and expected to bring seven witnesses to the trial.

- New Straits Times

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