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Malaysia court defends suspension of rape sentence

Malaysia court defends suspension of rape sentence

A Malaysian court is defending its decision to allow a former member of the national youth bowling team to avoid prison for statutory rape.
The Court of Appeals drew widespread criticism this month when it suspended a five-year sentence imposed by a lower court on 21-year-old Nor Afizal Azizan. He admitted having sex with a then-13-year-old girl in a hotel room in 2010.
The appeal court said Nor Afizal can remain free as long as he commits no offenses for five years. Some Malaysians believe the court let him off lightly because he was a national bowler.
The court said in a statement Monday that Nor Afizal was only 19 when he committed the offense and had not coerced the girl.


Updated : 2021-05-06 19:53 GMT+08:00