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Bernama - High Court Allows SIS Application For Judicial Review Of Banned Book
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- The High Court (Appelate and Special Powers Division) here on Tuesday allowed an application by Sisters in Islam (SIS) for a judicial review of a book which was banned.

Judicial Commissioner Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof made the order after listening to arguments by senior federal counsel Noor Hishamuddin Ismail who was representing then Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar and counsel K. Shanmuga who was representing SIS.

Mohamad Ariff fixed Oct 28 for hearing of the application.

SIS Forum (Malaysia) had on Dec 15 last year applied for a judicial review of an order by the Home Minister banning a book titled "Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism' which was published in 2005.

SIS which wanted the ban lifted named Syed Hamid as the respondent.

The book, a collection of essays by activists and international intellectuals was edited by sociologist Prof Norani Othman of the Malaysian and International Studies Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

SIS claimed that the ban on the book by Syed Hamid on Nov 5 last year was outside the ambit of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and contravened Article 8(2), 10(1)(a) and 11(4) of the Federal Constitution.

Noor Hisham had earlier opposed the application saying it was late since the ban was gazetted in July last year and that a protest letter was sent to SIS one month later.

However, Shanmuga argued that the appeal order was only made on Nov 5 last year and that the application was made within the stipulated period.

-- BERNAMA

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