PETALING JAYA: A woman who allegedly insulted Islam during a stand-up comedy performance last month will not be charged at the Shariah High Court today, according to a member of her legal team.
Siti Nuramira Abdullah was expected to be charged today, but at about 10pm yesterday, a member of her legal team, Hannann Syoffeeya Zainal Shahrir, received a call from a Jawi officer informing that she would not be charged today.
Jawi is expected to get in touch with Siti Nuramira or her legal team when they are ready to charge her.
Siti Nuramira, 26, had posted bail yesterday and was released from custody by the sessions court following a charge of causing disharmony among the Muslim community under Section 298A of the Penal Code.
She was immediately arrested by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), with her lawyer Ramesh Chandran stating that she was arrested for allegedly insulting or bringing into contempt Islam as per Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act.
According to Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act, anyone found guilty of the offence is punishable by a fine of up to RM3,000 or two years’ imprisonment.
Last week, Siti Nuramira 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.