A man was arrested and charged with rape related charges after he raped a 13-year-old girl in the back of his car, according to court proceedings in Malaysia.
However, prosecutors have now asked a judge to dismiss the charges after the man claimed that sharia law allowed him to have sex with the 13-year-old because he married her, according to the court proceedings.
Riduan Masmud, 40, shocked the country after being accused of raping the girl in his car, and later stating that he had married her. He claimed to have taken the girl as his second wife in accordance with sharia law.
The restaurant manager defended his actions, saying it was a case of mutual agreement, adding that is acceptable under sharia law.
The girl’s parents are extremely poor, according to neighbors.
Riduan told the court that he had met the girl for about six months, and felt he had the right to marry her.
"There are many cases of men who marry underage girls. I do not see why my case should be different," the father of four children, aged between two and 17, said.
The judge gave the Attorney General until next month to decide whether to proceed with the case.
Riduan was charged several months ago with raping the girl in a car parked by the roadside in Inanam.
Last week, the prosecutor told the court he had no objection to the case being dismissed.
The aunt of the girl called police after learning about the relationship.
The girl appeared briefly in court. She has a baby face, her long hair was tied in a ponytail, looked underdeveloped, and was dressed in a shirt and jeans.
Riduan said he would let his new wife finish school and then let her be a makeup artist.
Riduan’s first wife also told the court that she had accepted the teen as the second wife of her husband and promised to help her through her studies.
“The man is nothing more than a pedophile and is a danger to the public. After he got caught, he is trying to hide behind religion. Why didn't he marry the girl before he had sex with her in the back of his car? I hope the judge does not dismiss the charges against the child rapist,” Mohamed Rashin, 39, of Inanam, Malaysia told YourJewishNews.com after leaning about Riduan.
The girl's father, who was also in court, said he agreed to the marriage of his daughter to Riduan.