Siti Kasim Claimed Trial on Obstructing Jawi Officer

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Lawyer and activist pleaded not guilty to obstructing Religious Department Officer, calling the charge against her “pure intimidation”.

Siti Kasim, 54, claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday on a charge under Section 186 of the Penal Code which carries a sentence of two years’ in jail or a fine of up to RM10,000, or both.

She was accused of obstructing Siti Nor Jihan Saleh @ Md Ghazali, 36, who is an enforcement officer with the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), from executing her duties.

The offence was allegedly committed at a ballroom at Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur at about 10:30 pm on Apr 3, 2016.

DPP Siti Hajar Mohd Ashif did not offer bail.

Lawyer Roger Chan, who is representing Siti Kasim, asked for the court to impose a bond without security instead.

“She is a human rights activist, a member of the Bar Council and a person with status in society. She does not pose a flight risk,” he said.

Magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abd Wahid fixed bail at RM3,000 with one surety and set the case for mention on Aug 22.

Last year, a video of Siti Kasim shouting at Jawi officers, demanding if they had a warrant to raid the closed door transgender event went viral on social media.

In her affidavit for the lawsuit, she claimed that the sudden appearance of Jawi officers at the event had caused chaos.

She said no arrest warrant was produced and the Jawi officers were not accompanied by police.

Siti Kasim also said she would continue to fight to uphold human rights despite being prosecuted.

“No matter what the gender, race or belief, people should be protected under our laws and not be persecuted and arrested without lawful justification,” she said.

She added that the charge against her was “pure intimidation”.

She said the people must not allow anyone in authority to do as they wished.

“We have the Federal Constitution, the highest law, to protect our rights,” Siti Kasim said.