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Malaysia: sharia conviction of Catholic overturned

Catholic World News - June 19, 2014

A sharia appellate court in Malaysia has overturned the March conviction of Halimah, an Indonesian Catholic migrant worker, and ordered a retrial.

The woman, an illiterate massage therapist who was found guilty of being in close proximity with a member of the opposite sex, is believed to be the first Christian convicted by a sharia court in Malaysia.

The Indonesian consul general has advocated on her behalf, arguing that as a Catholic she should not fall under the court’s jurisdiction, according to a Malay Mail report.

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