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Malaysian court defers decision on 'Allah' case

Published on Mar 5, 2014 1:31 PM

Malaysia's apex court on Wednesday said it will decide at a later date whether to allow an application by the Catholic church to challenge a lower court's decision on the sensitive Allah issue, in a case that has stoked tensions between local Muslims and Christians.

Some of the hundreds of Muslims who had gathered outside the court complex became agitated and tried to barge in, but was stopped by the police.

A seven-judge Bench of the Federal Court earlier heard submissions from the church on why it should be given permission to appeal. This followed a ruling by the Court of Appeal last October that the church's newsletter Herald could not use the word "Allah" in refering to God.

The Federal Court had on Wednesday also heard submissions by the Malaysian government and Islamic councils from six states which wanted to stop the church's application.

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