Penal Code provides heavier sentence.
Siti Nuramira Abdullah will not be charged at the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court today, her legal team said.
In a statement today, they said Nuramira was released on bail by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) at 10pm yesterday.
Nuramira’s legal team received a call from a Jawi officer last night to inform them of her release without sureties or bonds.
“Immediately after her release, Nuramira was taken to her aunt’s place in Kelana Jaya, Selangor, but her aunt was reluctant to accept and house Nuramira,” the statement said.
Nuramira was then brought to meet with her lawyer R Sivaraj before being sent to her place of residence in Petaling Jaya.
“We reached her home around midnight, Alex (Alexander Navin Vijayachandran) was surprised, and they both hugged each other,” her legal team said.
Malay Mail reported that prosecutors have decided against pressing charges against Nuramira based on local Shariah laws.
“This is in line with the Shariah objective (maqasid) that stresses the approach of discipline (ta’dib) in the administration of Shariah criminal law, which is hoped to bring the accused back to Islamic practice,” the department’s chief prosecutor was quoted saying in the statement sighted by Malay Mail.
The department said that the criminal charge under Section 298A of the Penal Code provided a heavier punishment.