Thursday, March 04, 2010

Al-Islam case: Church seeks AG's explanation

The Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam today demanded an explanation from the authorities over their decision not to take action against two Al-Islam journalists alleged to have desecrated a sacred Catholic ritual. "I appeal to the attorney-general to explain the decision not to take further action on the Al-Islam journalists' case," said Pakiam during a press conference at his office in Kuala Lumpur. "The (decision not to) prosecute appears to legitimise the actions of the Al-Islam journalists."

NONELast year, the May edition of the Al-Islam - a monthly magazine published by Utusan Karya Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Utusan Melayu Bhd - carried a report by the two authors who narrated their attempts to verify claims that proselytisation of Muslims were taking place in two unnamed churches in Kuala Lumpur.

The two authors wrote that they took part in the holy communion and later spat out the bread given to them.

This act was considered an insult and a police report was lodged against the duo.

Subsequently, the police announced that the duo were investigated under Section 298A (1) of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.

However, the Dang Wangi police district headquarters revealed on Feb 25 that charges against duo were dropped.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini

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