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PUBLISHED: Mar 21, 2014 9:30am

‘I’m next,’ Nurul says about possible court charge

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SEAN AUGUSTIN By:
Sean Augustin

Lembah Pantai member of parliament Nurul Izzah claims she may be the next Opposition leader to be taken to court. — TRP pic by Mokhsin Zamani

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By Sean Augustin

KAJANG, March 21

Nurul Izzah believes that she is next on the list of Opposition leaders to be dragged to court for a statement she made on religious freedom.

The Lembah Pantai member of parliament told The Rakyat Post that she was informed by the Selangor religious authorities (Jais) that they have completed their investigations on her.

Nurul had in 2012 remarked that religious freedom should be applied to all including Muslims, leading to accusations that she supported apostasy among Muslims of which is a crime in the country.

She however denied supporting the idea of leaving Islam and blamed the mainstream media for twisting her words.

“Police will now investigate the matter,” she said after delivering her speech at the PKR Operation’s centre in Sungai Chua last night.

The PKR vice-president had earlier told the crowd of over 200 that there was a possibility she would have a case come up.

When asked if it was a coincidence that Pakatan Rakyat leaders had legal action being taken against them, Nurul said no.

“Political prosecution is the name of the game,” she said.

On March 7, the Court of Appeal’s overturned her father Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal for sodomising his aide in 2008, subsequently disqualifying him from contesting in the Kajang by-election.

Two days later, DAP chairman Karpal Singh was fined RM4,000 for sedition after questioning the Sultan of Perak’s action in removing Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as Menteri Besar.

If the Bukit Gelugor member of parliament fails in his appeal, the veteran lawyer could be forced to give up his seat.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua is currently being investigated for a seditious tweet where he promised “to bring down the Prime Minister”. Earlier in March the Batu MP also applied to set aside sedition charges for a speech he made on May 13.

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