ON 23 May 2012, JAWI raided Borders, The Garden, and seized copies of ”Allah, Liberty and Love” by Irshad Manji, and its BM translation. Later, JAWI arrested Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz, manager of Borders.
Judges slam Islamic authority for premature raid on Borders
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 22 — A panel of judges at the Court of Appeal today lambasted an Islamic authority for raiding a bookstore for a book that only got banned weeks later, with one judge labelling the action as self-indulgent.
In a high profile case, the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department (JAWI) prematurely raided a branch of Borders bookstore in May 2012 for Irshad Manji’s “Allah, Liberty and Love”, a book banned by the Home Ministry three weeks later.
The Islamic authority is appealing a high court decision in March, which found its actions illegal and procedurally improper, along with the home and Islamic affairs ministers.
“Remember the basic principle of law, you are not to be found guilty of something that was not there,” Justice Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid told the lawyer for the Islamic authority, Noor Hisham Ismail, who argued that Shariah laws allow Islamic enforcers to act even before any fatwa had been issued.
“Who is to know except the devil? In fact, the devil doesn’t know the people’s mind.
“The enforcement officers can’t syiok sendiri (be self-indulgent),” she added.