KUALA LUMPUR: The shariah high court here today sentenced Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah to seven days in jail for contempt of court over her statement that “insulted” the Islamic judicial system.
Maria had, on Sept 5, 2019, issued a statement saying: “Muslim women are still being discriminated (against) under Malaysia’s shariah legal system.”
She had said the shariah court’s decision to sentence SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin’s former wife, Emilia Hanafi, to seven days in prison for rescheduling his visitation dates for her children was a “grave injustice” and a “total disgrace to the judicial system”.
She was not present in court as she has been admitted to hospital.
Her lawyer, Rosli Dahlan, told the court she would be appealing the decision and urged the court to suspend the seven-day jail sentence.