Dr Asri to be charged
Published: Monday November 2, 2009 MYT 11:36:00 AM
Updated: Monday November 2, 2009 MYT 11:52:31 AM
Supporters, well-wishers gather with Dr Mohd Asri
By LESTER KONG
KUALA LUMPUR: Supporters and well-wishers of former Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin continue to gather at the Gombak Timur Lower Syariah Court as he waits to be charged by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Jais).
Despite waiting nearly three hours, the prominent Islamic scholar said he has not been informed of the charge that Jais plans to file against him.
It is, however, expected that he would be charged under Section 119 of the Selangor Islamic Administration Enactment for preaching without state permission (tauliah) at a private house in Taman Sri Ukay, Gombak to a crowd of 500 friends and relatives on Sunday night.
Among those who have gathered at the courthouse are Titiwangsa MP Dr Lo’ Lo’ Mohamad Ghazali, Ampang MP Dr Zuraida Kamaruddin, Hulu Klang assemblyman Saari Sungib, Sisters In Islam board member Zainah Anwar and social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir.
Dr Mohd Asri was reportedly detained by some 25 Jais officers and 30 police at 9.45pm on Sunday night.
Despite attempts by Saari and Zuraida to negotiate with officers not to arrest him, Dr Mohd Asri was brought to the Keramat police station to assist in JAIS investigations.
However, Dr Asri told reporters that the authorities did not take his statement but only his personal particulars.
Instead, he was ordered to present himself to the Gombak Timur court on Monday to hear the charge against him.