KUALA TERENGGANU: A follower of cult leader Ariffin Mohamad, a.k.a ĎAyah Piní, had declared herself an apostate to escape punishment.
Prosecutor Mustafar Hamzah said this in his closing arguments at the Syariah High Court yesterday in the trial of Kamariah Ali, 54, who was charged under Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment (Takzir) (Terengganu) 2001 for claiming she was not a Muslim.
The offence carries a fine of RM5,000 or three yearsí jail or both upon conviction.
Mustafar said Kamariah had claimed she was an apostate after another follower of the Sky Kingdom deviationist sect, New Zealander Judith Lilian, was not charged for the same offence when she said that she was not a Muslim.
He said Kamariahís identity card showed that she was a Muslim when she declared herself an apostate at the Besut Syariah Court after her arrest in July last year.
Mustafar said two prosecution witnesses, Syariah enforcement officer Yussof Salleh and Besut Syariah court registrar Wan Mohd Wan Yaakob were certain that the apostasy declaration was made after Lilian said she was not a Muslim.
He said that there was no evidence to support the apostasy claim by Kamariah, a former al-Azhar University graduate and religious teacher.
Kamariah was represented by Saadiah Din. Judge Mohamad Abdullah fixed August 20 for judgment.