Siti Kassim will not be charged for middle-finger gesture

11 Feb 2019 / 20:44 H.

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim will not be charged over her middle-finger gesture at a forum three years ago as the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has decided not to pursue the matter.

Siti had earlier claimed that she would be charged today under Section 509 of the Penal Code with outraging the modesty of a person.

In a Facebook post today, Siti said an investigative officer from Subang Jaya district police headquarters had referred her case to the AGC.

“They have decided to NFA (no further action) it. Thank you to Subang Jaya district police, especially the inspector, for taking the file again to the current AGC to check the validity of this malicious charge. I am thankful as finally, good sense prevailed.”

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat also confirmed the matter when contacted.

It was reported that in 2016 Siti attended a forum on heavier penalties for Muslim offenders and was heckled by participants who disagreed with her views and accused her of insulting Islam.

Her act of showing her critics the middle finger was videotaped and resulted in a police report being lodged against her.

Explaining her gesture later, she said it was an “automatic response” to being heckled as she saw no point in shouting back at them.

Siti reportedly said her critics were trying to accuse her of insulting Islam.

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