Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Malaysia, via AP (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair):
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – A Muslim-born woman arrested for joining a banned sect was sentenced to two years in jail for renouncing her religion, her lawyer said Tuesday.
The case underscores growing concern about religious freedom in this mostly Muslim nation, where Islamic Shariah courts _ which govern the personal conduct and religious lives of Muslims _ have invariably refused to sanction the conversion of people who try to leave Islam.
A Shariah High Court judge in eastern Terengganu state ruled Monday that Kamariah Ali is still a Muslim despite her declaration to the contrary.
Â«The court is not convinced that the accused has repented and is willing to abandon any teachings contrary to Islam,Â» news reports quoted Judge Muhammad Abdullah as saying. Â«I pray God will open the doors of your heart, Kamariah….