Ex-judge says whipping possible for tahfiz school fire suspects

 |Sep 27, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: A former Sessions Court judge said that the suspects in the arson attack on the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school, which claimed the lives of 21 students and two teachers, are liable to be whipped, if convicted.

Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said that although they cannot be sentenced to death under Section 302 of the Penal Code as they are juveniles, they can face whipping on the advice of a doctor.

“Under the law, a doctor will assess their physical and mental state and determine whether they are fit to be given the whipping punishment,” he told Bernama after attending the 10th Tun Suffian Memorial Lecture at Universiti Malaya here yesterday.

He was commenting on the statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said that the seven suspects in the case cannot be sentenced to death under Section 302 of the Penal Code because they are all underaged. – Bernama