Hornbill Unleashed

April 8, 2017

Minister: Special court handling sexual crimes against children operational in June

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Azalina pointed out that the establishment of the Special Criminal Court showed the commitment of the government in curbing sexual abuses against children. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Special Criminal Court handling cases involving sexual crimes against children is expected to be operational in Putrajaya in June, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

Azalina said this was decided following a discussion with the new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif at the Palace of Justice today.

“In principle, the Chief Justice had agreed on the establishment of the Special Criminal Court which is expected to begin in June in Putrajaya.

“Judges and legal practitioners will undergo special training organised by the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) in the near future to ensure that proceedings and case hearings will proceed smoothly,” she said in a statement today.

Azalina pointed out that the establishment of the Special Criminal Court showed the commitment of the government in curbing sexual abuses against children and protecting them holistically and at the same time launching case hearings involving children.

On Tuesday (April 4), the Dewan Rakyat passed the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 which, among others, considered children as competent witnesses for sexual crime cases.


Source : @ Bernama


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