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New Sabah Times, Kota Kinabalu, 7 January 2009
Indonesian jailed 14 years for raping teenager
KOTA KINABALU: A 23-year-old vegetable planter from Kundasang, Ranau who raped a 14-year-old girl and tried to flee back to Indonesia was yesterday imprisoned 14 years and given three strokes of the rotan.
Sessions court judge Supang Lian meted out the sentence against Ribas Samsuddin who admitted to raping the girl in a bedroom of an unnumbered house in Kg Cenderamata, Kundasang on Sept 3 of 2007 at 8am.
In his mitigation, Ribas ask for leniency. "When I was under remand, none of my family members were here as they are all in Indonesia," he said.
Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) Syukor Abu Bakar urged the court to hand down a severe punishment as a lesson not only to the accused but the public at large.
"The court should consider the victim's age and the trust of the family in the accused, who tried to run away by fleeing to Tawau before joining his family back in Indonesia," he said.
APP Syukor told the court that while the victim's mother was away, the victim who was in the kitchen washing dishes was forced into the room where she was raped by Ribas.
The incident was witnessed by the victim's three-year-old brother who struck Ribas with a broom.
Their mother who returned home from selling vegetables was informed by the boy. Ribas immediately took off for Tawau.
Relatives of the victim in Tawau were informed of the incident and the police was informed to search for Ribas. He was later apprehended at the Tawau bus terminal station.
Investigation revealed that Ribas had been staying with the victim's family who is also from Indonesia.
Straits Times, Singapore, 14 January 2009
Malaysian waitress ordered to be caned for drinking
KUALA LUMPUR: A religious court has sentenced a Muslim woman to six strokes of the cane for drinking alcohol, possibly for the first time in Malaysia.
The Syariah High Court in Pahang also handed the same sentence to a man on Monday, and is due to make a decision on another woman in May.
Mohamad Nasir Mohamad, 38, a father of four, and waitress Noorazah Baharuddin, 22, were found drinking beer separately in pubs in July last year in central Pahang state, said reports released yesterday.
Nasir admitted that he had drunk beer at a pub in Cherating on July 11, while Noorazah was caught drinking at the pub where she worked, in Jalan Gambut.
Both were also fined RM5,000 (S$2,100) each by the Pahang court on Monday.
The third accused was part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32. According to the New Straits Times, Kartika, a Singapore permanent resident, could not attend court as she is studying in Singapore.
Judge Abdul Rahman Yunus said that he had given the maximum fine and caning as a deterrent to other Muslims, but had spared them a jail sentence.
"The caning is to shame them and should be done at any of the prisons in the country," he was quoted as saying by NST.
The case comes after two controversial fatwas, or edicts - one over tomboyish behaviour by women and the other concerning the practice of yoga - sparked intense public debate over decisions made by the country's top religious body.
Malaysia has a two-track legal system, with the civil courts operating alongside state-based syariah courts. Muslims are governed by syariah laws in family and personal matters, while ethnic Chinese, Indians and other races come under civil courts.
According to NST, this is the second time such a sentence has been handed down. In 2005, the same judge sentenced two Muslim brothers to six strokes of the cane after they were caught drinking.
However, the caning has yet to be carried out as the men are appealing against the decision.
Alcohol is widely available in Malaysia, and Muslims are rarely punished for consuming it.
"It's rare but it's within the law and Muslims are subject to such law in this country," said lawyer Pawancheek Merican, a syariah law committee member of the Malaysian Bar Council.
MP Salahuddin Ayub, the youth chief of the opposition Islamic party PAS, said he "agreed" with the court ruling.
"The ruling only concerns Muslims and it does not affect the non-Muslims. It is to remind the Muslims not to drink," he said.
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New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 16 January 2009
Man who raped nurse gets 28 years
By Lydia Gomez
SHAH ALAM: He said he was drunk on whisky and claimed in his defence that it was his intoxicated state that led him and his companion, a teenager, to abduct a nurse, rape her and rob her before letting her go after a futile attempt to get a ransom for her from her father.
The High Court did not buy his defence, and Civajanam
Subramanian, 29, was sentenced to 28 years in jail and eight
strokes of the rotan for the abduction, rape and armed robbery
committed six years ago
Civajanam and the teenager were jointly charged with abducting
the 19-year-old nurse after crashing into her car at a traffic
light junction in Sungai Pelong and raping the nurse in the back
seat of their Proton Saga near a car park in Jalan Alfa 9/5,
Kampung Baru Subang 2, here between 11.30pm on July 17, 2003, and
2.30am the next day.
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New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 19 January 2009
Convicted robber chooses whip rather than longer jail time
By Irdiani Mohd Salleh
A chicken rice seller was willing to
endure the pain of being whipped rather than endure a longer jail
term. At Sessions Court today, Loh Poh Meng, 40, in pleading for
leniency told judge Zainal Abidin Kamarudin that he did not want
to spend long years in jail as had to take care of his sick
grandmother and sent her to hospital for dialysis every month.
"If you want to lessen your jail term, do you want to be
whipped? Remember that it will leave scars for a life time,"
Zainal Abidin said.
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