Siti Kassim acquitted of charges she obstructed Islamist’s transgender raid

Siti Kasim

Trans activist Nisha Ayub(L) and attorney Siti Kasim (R) await the judgment.

The Magistrate’s Court acquitted attorney Siti Kasim who was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) officer during a now-infamous 2016 raid on a transgender dinner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Siti Kassim was one of two who were detained by Jawi at a dinner she was attending benefiting the country’s transgender community. During the invasion of the private event, she could be seen in a video of the raid demanding the names of the arresting officers and asking for their warrant.

The video of the raid described as “appalling journalism complete violation of privacy & shame on efforts to publicly humiliate #trans women” by @justice_sisters in a 2016 tweet hasen’t been shared widely. Planet Trans has opted to share it now for prosperity as a demarcation point, highlighting what will become our past as trans people march forward for truth and justice.

Sisters in Islam @SistersinIslam denounced the JAWI officers for “thuggish behavior” and “bullying” tweeting “Apparently standing up for your rights is considered defying religious authorities.”

Magistrate Tawfiq Affandy Chin ruled that Kassim acted properly when she asked for a warrant from Jawi officer Siti Nor Jihan Saleh. The Magistrate also ruled that did not obstruct justice or resist arrest.

Siti Kassim said that she persevered because the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) authority to act outside of the law had never before been challenged.

The Magistrate’s decision will help to hold Jawi responsible as they try to usurp the elected government.

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