Must have 4 witnesses in syariah law to back sodomy accusation

PUTRAJAYA, 14 June 2019:

Accusing someone of committing sodo my is a qazaf offence if the sexual misconduct is not proven by four witnesses or without a confession by the accused, said Federal Territories mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

In Islam, he said the burden of proof is on the accuser or person who brings the claim – while the person who is being accused may take an oath to tell the truth on the accusation.

“In this way, the accuser must produce four witnesses to support the allegation that they clearly saw the act being committed.

“In the case of the video recording, the offence must be proven by the testimony of four witnesses who should be impartial, not blind and are righteous Muslims.”

Zulkifli was commenting on the qazaf complaint filed by Economic Affairs Minister’s political secretary Muhamad Hilman Idham at the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) over the dissemination of the sex video purporting to implicate the minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Mohamed Azmin had also vehemently denied the allegations made by an individual who tried to link him to the sex video.

Qazaf is a syariah criminal offence which refers to the act of accusing someone of committing illicit sex without procuring four witnesses to support the allegation.

Police have detained Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz to help investigations into the case of the sex video which he claimed to have featured in.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the senior private secretary to the deputy primary industries minister was detained at KL International Airport this afternoon.

“The individual was detained for his statement to be taken and to help in investigation into the video case linked to him.” He said Bukit Aman would issue a statement on the matter later.

Haziq Abdullah has made a confession via a video on social media that he was in a video showing two men engaging in sexual acts. He also alleged that the other person was minister Azmin.

Azmin has categorically denied the allegation, saying it was made to tarnish his reputation and destroy his political career.

– Bernama