Latheefa Koya Slams DPM For Delay In Child Bride Case - The Coverage

Latheefa Koya Slams DPM For Delay In Child Bride Case

In light of the marriage between the 41-year-old rubber tapper and an 11-year-old girl, Lawyers of Liberty said that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has no excuse to delay prosecution against Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid as the facts are clear that he sexually groomed the girl.

The executive director of Lawyers of Liberty Latheefa Koya released a scathing statement against Dr. Wan Azizah who on Tuesday (July 31) said more investigation was needed to ‘build a water-tight case’ and that she was in discussions with the Attorney General Chambers.

Source: Malaysian Access

She said in a statement on Wednesday, August 1,

“The facts are not in dispute; the paedophile 41-year-old suspect has already admitted to lusting after this child since she was seven years old, has tried to contract a marriage with her, and most sickeningly, had cohabited with the child.

“Why is Wan Azizah then giving the excuse of ‘hearsay’ when the facts are well established and admitted even by the perpetrator?”

Source: Sinar Harian

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Latheefa went on to add that there was no ‘complexity’ as claimed by the Women, Family, and Community Development Minister and that the facts pointed to a serious offence of sexual grooming under the Sexual Offences Act 2017.

“In any event, the issue of ‘hearsay’ does not arise at all because the investigators have had plenty of time to record statements from all concerned, including the perpetrator himself.

“There is no reasonable excuse for failing to enforce the provisions of the Sexual Offences Act to the fullest extent in this shocking and obvious case.”

Source: The Star

She slammed Dr. Wan Azizah for complicating matters, delaying action, and for passing the buck to the Attorney General.

“She herself as the Minister in charge must explain the reasons why no prosecution has been brought, as the AG is not in the Parliament to do so.

“Wan Azizah’s excuse that the investigation is still ongoing and that she cannot comment further may have been acceptable a month ago, but it is intolerable now.”

We hope the issue would be settled as soon as possible, as child marriages should not be a small matter. What do you think?

(Source: The Star)

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  1. Ahmad

    August 1, 2018 at 18:50

    If the DPM cannot protect an 11 years old child from a known paedophile, how can she do her job in protecting the citizens of Malaysia?

  2. Tmr soon

    August 1, 2018 at 20:11

    The questions now:Should the government take action against this child wife hungry man? If yes, Could the government be able and empowered to do so? If yes, Would the government have the political will to do so? And the answer is????

  3. J316

    August 1, 2018 at 21:40

    With due respect, the present DPM is actually not a true DPM material, as she was forced to enter politic after her husband was dethroned as DPM in 1998 and subsequently jailed. She is a great and wonderful lady but does not really have the quality to be a DPM.

  4. Patrick

    September 18, 2018 at 15:06

    No…I think she is afraid to offend the ulamas and the pious muslims.ohh and the extremists.

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