12 individuals issued with warrants of arrest


KUANTAN: Twelve individuals, including the wife and four children of alleged deviationist sect leader Harun Mat Saat, were issued with warrants of arrest after they failed to turn up at the Lower Syariah Court here on Tuesday.

 The suspects, believed to be followers of Harun, 47, who allegedly named himself "Tuhan Harun", were supposed to have been charged on Tuesday.

 They were also required to help facilitate investigations after they were released on April 5 by the Pahang Islamic Religious Department (Jaip).

  The absentees were Harun's third wife Azida Mohd Zol, 30;  daughter Mahni, 12; sister-in-law Shuzliana Mokhtarudin, 29, and his sons - Muhammad, 21; Lukman, 20, and Saufi, 18.

  The others are Norhairi Harun, 41; Khairul Amir Akasah, 34; Norhafizah Mohd Azam, 28; Farhaien Othman, 22; Mohamad Ghazali Fitri Mohd Azam, 25, and Mohd Tirmizi Othman, 17.

  Jaip enforcement head Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malik said they were among those nabbed during the April 4 raid at some premises in Lorong Pandan Damai here.

  He said efforts to contact their handphone numbers proved futile, while their bailors could not be traced.

  "We hope they will surrender as Jaip will work closely with its counterparts in other states and the police to trace them," he told reporters here yesterday.

  He said initial investigations revealed that Harun, who claimed that he was "Tuhan 2013" (God of 2013) and practised deviationist teachings, had a total of 312 followers nationwide.

 Jaip is also searching for Harun's right-hand man Ahmad@Zuraidi Awang, 41.

 "We have their names and have called some of them. We are also monitoring the premises used to spread the teachings," he said, adding that Jaip enforcement team had also raided two other premises in Jalan Bukit Ubi and Indera Mahkota here.

 During the raids, he said Jaip officers found some vital evidence on the teachings.

 On Tuesday, six followers pleaded guilty at the Lower Syariah Court to charges of possessing materials contravening Islamic teachings.


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