KUALA LUMPUR: Police have confirmed that a Iraqi preacher who is close to top Malaysian politicians was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman.
The Star Online reported Kuala Lumpur CID chief Asst Comm Rusdi Mohd Isa confirming that the preacher, who used several Arabic honorifics such as Sheikh (Arabic for “revered elder”) and Habib (“beloved”), including claiming to be a descendant of Prophet Muhammad, was remanded on Friday after a report was lodged by the victim’s father. However, he was released on bail on Tuesday.
The case is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code, for assault or use of criminal force to a person with intent to outrage modesty.
Rusdi told mStar, The Star’s sister publication, that the man who holds Malaysian permanent resident status is also a familiar face in major Islamic events held in Malaysia, including the government-endorsed “Malam Cinta Rasul” (Love the Prophet Night) events.
The self-styled preacher reportedly used Facebook, as well as his status, religious appearance, and promise of religious talks to lure women before taking advantage of them through religious healing or blessing ceremonies.
A Facebook page claiming to represent the preacher showed photos of him with top leaders from Umno, the Opposition, and PAS.