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Malaysian court jails mother and son for incest

Tuesday, 11-Nov-2003 9:20PM PST
Story from AFP
Copyright 2003 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (AFP) - A mother and son were fined and jailed by a Malaysian sharia court for committing incest in the northeastern Kelantan state that is ruled by the opposition Islamic Party (PAS), a report said Wednesday.

Religious enforcement officers had caught Hasmah Mat Adam, 49, and her son Mazlan Yahya, 22, having sexual intercourse last month, the Star newspaper said.

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"When they reached the house they found it locked from inside. However they managed to peep through a crack in the wooden wall of the house," sharia deputy public prosecutor Suratemi Mat told the court. He said the offence, which they both admitted, was "beyond human decency and religion".

In addition to fines, Mazlan Yahya was sentenced to 20 months in jail and his mother for three months.

Muslims, who make up 60 percent of Malaysia's 23 million people, are subject to Islamic Sharia law which covers civil matters.

PAS has proposed introducing Islamic criminal laws prescribing amputations and death by stoning to criminalise illicit sex, drinking alcohol and renunciation of Islam but the government rejected it.