KUALA LUMPUR: Soon after posting bail today, a woman who courted controversy during a stand-up comedy performance was arrested by the Federal Territories Islamic religious department (Jawi).
Siti Nuramira Abdullah will face a new charge of insulting Islam before the Shariah High Court tomorrow.
Lawyer Ramesh Chandran said this to reporters after Siti Nuramira, 26, settled her RM20,000 bail for her earlier charge under Section 298A of the Penal Code.
He said Siti Nuramira will face a charge under Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act.
The provision states that “anyone who insults or brings into contempt the religion of Islam shall be guilty of an offence”.
The offence is punishable by a fine of up to RM3,000 or two years’ imprisonment upon conviction.
Eight Jawi officers were seen at the court complex here to take Siti Nuramira into custody.
Last week, she claimed trial before the sessions court to causing disharmony among the Muslim community during her performance at the Crackhouse Comedy Club in Taman Tun Dr Ismail on June 4.
The court granted her bail of RM20,000 and warned her not to comment on the case.
She and her partner, Alexander Navin Vijayachandran, managed to raise around RM40,000 through crowdfunding to post bail.
Navin was charged separately at the Petaling Jaya sessions court with uploading insulting content on social media.
On the first count, he was accused of sharing a posting on his Instagram account on June 5 with the intention of insulting others.
The second charge said he shared content via his YouTube account on June 16 with the intention of insulting others.
The court also imposed a RM20,000 bail for Navin, which he posted.