Shoe-Throwing Imam Released from Jail Early, Gets Parole
|Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:53|
KUALA LUMPUR: Imam Hoslan Hussin (pic) while regretting his action of throwing his slippers at a judge, defended his act as a form of 'ijtihad' towards an unjust judiciary.
However, he said, what he had done was "light" compared with the injustice done.
"What I had done was a form of ijtihad (personal Islamic decision) and a light act in the face of a system that is not right. We need to correct the system.
"My act was done out of the desire for justice, one that does right by our creator," he said when met at the Bandar Tun Razak parole office, Kuala Lumpur.
He likened his seven month and three day detention to that of a madrasah tarbiyah (spiritual training school).
"I am grateful to receive parole. I thank all involved. I have learned through this experience. Prison has been my madrasah tarbiyah. The other prisoners were sad to see me leave," he said.
However, the father of seven vowed never to go through the ordeal again.
He is currently being monitored under parole for a month until Nov 8 and is not allowed to leave Kuala Lumpur without the parole officer's permission until then.
On Feb 22, Hoslan hurled his slipper at the three-member bench after failing to obtain leave for his appeal against the Wilayah Persekutuan Islamic Council's decision to evict him from the Ar Rahimah mosque in Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur in 1999.
Furious at the verdict, Hoslan flung a slipper at the bench which narrowly missed one of the judges. He picked up another slipper and hurled it again, hitting the deputy registrar.
The imam maintains that the court had failed to deliver justice alleging that the mosque that had evicted him was rife with corruption.
Today, he was brought to the parole office at 11am to meet his wife Noorliza Mat Isa, and a feast would be held at PAS Kampung Pandan headquarters tonight to celebrate his release.- Malaysiakini