Analysis on Admissibility of DNA Evidence in Malaysian Syariah Courts
Qarinah is a kind of evidence which could be tendered in syariah courts’ during trials. Syariah scholars and academicians have long acknowledged and recognized the unique and important role played by qarinah in syariah court proceedings. General acceptance, relevancy and admissibility of qarinah evidence have become the catalyst for admissibility on DNA evidence within the syariah legal fraternity. Amidst the relevancy and admissibility of DNA evidence under the current syariah legal provisions, ongoing debates on its application are brewing among contemporary academicians. Indeed, these debates stems from current legal provisions which are still underdeveloped. This article examines the admissibility of qarinah as well as DNA evidence in the light of the relevant provisions under the Malaysian Syariah Court Evidence Enactment. The research on which this article is based is qualitative and doctrinal in nature. All materials and information are analyzed through methodologies of content analysis and critical analysis. The article then looks into lacunas and gaps in the Malaysian Syariah Court Evidence Enactments as well as the Syariah Criminal Procedures Enactments and suggests on how to improve them.
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