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Old 05-12-2006, 10:36 PM
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Question MAIS subpoenas Rayappan's daughters, siblings lodge police report

Charles Ramendran
The Sun

The family of Rayappan Anthony today lodged a report with the Brickfields police after three officers from the Selangor Islamic Council (MAIS) turned up at their house late yesterday to serve them a subpoenas to attend a hearing at the Shah Alam Syariah Court.

Lawyer A.Sivanesan, who is representing the family said Rayappan's three daughters namely Mary, Jeya Mary and Josephine were served with a subpoena each to attend the hearing at 2.30pm today over the fate of their father's remains which lie in uncertainity in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) mortuary.

However, he said the three sisters did not attend the hearing as they are non-Muslims and this nullifies the subpoenas.

In their report, the family stated that since they are Christians, they will only adhere to civil court laws.

Brickfields OCPD ACP Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said police will look into the report and will act if there was a criminal element involved.

Sivanesan said he had also served an injunction to KLH yesterday, which among others, refrained them from releasing the body to any other party apart from the deceased's family.

However, he said KLH had refused to accept the documents.

"This is very unbecoming of a hospital which is a government body. This is a letter of a civil court of law. How can they refuse to accept it?" he asked.

According to Sivanesan, MAIS was issued with a Syariah Court order to claim Rayappan's body last Friday (Dec 1, 2006) but it was revoked the following day due to some unknown reasons.

However, sources revealed that the order was cancelled following an intervention from the Attorney-General's office.

Source: The Sun
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