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JAWI Arrests Woman Over Comedy Club Stunt Right After She Settles RM20,000 Bail At Court

She had just been released by the police after spending two days in prison.

Cover image via Free Malaysia Today & Mukhriz Hazim/Malaysiakini

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A 28-year-old woman, who was charged with insulting Islam at a comedy club, was re-arrested by Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) officers today, 19 July, right after she posted bail

According to New Straits Times, Siti Nuramira Abdullah had spent two days in prison before crowdfunding enough money to post RM20,000 bail at the Sessions Court yesterday.

However, she was nabbed by JAWI officers at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex again as soon as she was released by the police.

The accused, Siti Nuramira Abdullah, arriving at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex on 13 July.

Image via Bernama/Astro Awani

A JAWI enforcement officer said Siti Nuramira will be brought to the Syariah High Court to face charges under the Syariah Law tomorrow, 20 July

"She is expected to be charged under Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997 for insulting Islam," the officer said.

"The offence carries a maximum of two years in prison and a RM3,000 fine upon conviction."

Siti Nuramira's counsels, Ramesh NP Chandran and R Sivaraj, have confirmed the matter.

Siti Nuramira was in custody after being charged under Section 298A of the Penal Code over her undressing stunt at the Crackhouse Comedy Club in TTDI, Kuala Lumpur on 4 June

She is facing a jail term of up to five years, if convicted, and the court had set her bail at RM20,000.

Her boyfriend, Alexander Navin Vijayachandran, who allegedly took and uploaded the video recording of Nuramira's performance, was charged under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, and has also since been under remand. The court had also set his bail to RM20,000.

According to Malaysiakini, the couple had successfully collected enough donations from the public through a crowdfunding initiative to post bail, with Alexander also expecting to be released from the Petaling Jaya Court Complex today.

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