Malaysian man jailed for giving son to German

12th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 April 2005, KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian Muslim man was sentenced to 10 months' jail after he admitted to giving up his son to a non-Muslim German woman for adoption, a report said on Tuesday.

12 April 2005

KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysian Muslim man was sentenced to 10 months' jail after he admitted to giving up his son to a non-Muslim German woman for adoption, a report said on Tuesday.

Mazuri Mamat, 32, pleaded guilty to giving his son Mu'izzuddin Mazuri, now eight, to Ingrid Angelika Braun, who works in Malaysia, three years ago, the New Straits Times said.

He was tried before an Islamic sharia court in the northeastern Kelantan state, which had earlier ordered that the child be returned to his 26-year old Muslim mother.

"Your action of giving away your child to a non-Muslim is wrong in Islam," Sharia court judge Nik Najib Che Hassan was quoted as saying.

"You have gone against your duty as a parent who is supposed to look after his children. What you did has also gone against public sensitivity, especially Muslims."

The court ruled that the child be handed back to his birth mother immediately.

The Sharia court has jurisdiction in civil cases involving Malaysia's Muslims, who make up some 60 percent of the multi-religious population which also includes Buddhist, Christian and Hindu believers.

DPA

Subject: German news

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