Malaysian Jailed For Drinking Alcohol

September 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Caning ordered for Malaysia man

Consumption of alcohol by Muslims in Malaysia is a punishable offence in three of its 13 states [EPA]

A Malaysian Islamic court judge has sentenced a Muslim man to be caned for drinking alcohol.

Abdul Rahman Mohd Yunos, a sharia high court judge in Pahang state, ordered Nazarudin Kamaruddin, 46, to be jailed for one year and be caned six times, the New Straits Times reported on Tuesday.

Nazarudin, a permanent resident from Indonesia, pleaded guilty to drinking alcohol on August 27 at a restaurant that was raided by officers from the Pahang religious department.

Consumption of alcohol by Muslims in Malaysia is a punishable offence in three of its 13 states.

Muslims caught by religious authorities are usually let off with a warning or fine but offenders can be jailed three years and given six strokes of a rattan cane on top of a RM5,000 ($1,430) fine.

Nazarudin, who has been in jail since September 2 because he was unable to post bail, said he had financial difficulties and would not be able to pay a fine.

He is the first person in the state to be jailed for consuming alcohol in public.

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