Married couple suing Jawi over khalwat raid want officers’ ID

Application filed with court for FT religious department to provide details of raiding party to determine if all eight men were actual staff.


The married couple suing the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) for arresting them for khalwat (close proximity), want the department to reveal the names of the officers who raided their hotel room, The Star reported.

In the suit filed on Feb 17, Mohd Ridhuan Giman, 34, and Siti Sarah Maulad Abdullah, 26, said they were suing the department for wrongful arrest and invasion of privacy, despite showing them a photo of their marriage certificate, last January.

They also accused Jawi of abusing its power and violating the couple’s rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement under the federal constitution.

Aside from Jawi, the couple also named the department’s director-general, two Jawi enforcement officers, the Prime Minister’s Department and the Malaysian government as defendants.

Yesterday, the couple applied to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to provide details of the eight Jawi officers involved in the raid.

“We want to determine if they are genuine Jawi officers,” the couple’s lawyer Adam Luqman Amdan told reporters.

According to the daily, Adam said his clients also want to obtain certain documents from Jawi through the AGC, including the papers filed by the religious authority at its headquarters in registering the couple’s arrest.

“We want to know the basis of their arrest. We are also asking for photographs and a video recorded by Jawi officers on the day of the raid to know the questions they posed to my clients,” he was quoted as saying, adding that he had given Jawi four days from April 26 to respond through the AGC.

“If our request is not accepted, we will file formal applications with the court for an order.”

The couple also filed an application to obtain the CCTV recording, photographs and room layout from the budget hotel where they were staying when the raid took place.

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Justice Nor Bee Ariffin set May 3 to hear the couple’s applications.

It was previously reported that the couple were spending the night at a budget hotel on Jan 8 when eight religious enforcement officers came knocking on their door at 1.30am.

Despite Ridhuan informing the raiding party that his wife was not decently dressed, a male officer barged into the room.

This led to a scuffle between Ridhuan and the male officer, which resulted in Ridhuan injuring his neck.

“Ridhuan had on several occasions informed the Jawi officers that they were a married couple and had even shown them a picture of their marriage cert on his mobile phone. But the officers refused to accept the explanation.

“Instead, one of the officers instructed Siti Sarah to get properly dressed in front of him, while another male officer took pictures and a video of the couple.”

Ridhuan and Siti Sarah are seeking damages, an apology from the department, and withdrawal of further investigations and legal costs.