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Lawyer: Malaysian accused of rape married the girl

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -

Prosecutors say they are pursuing rape charges against a Malaysian who allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old and then married her.

   Forty-year-old restaurant manager Riduan Masmud was charged with committing statutory rape in a parked car in Borneo in February, but his lawyer said this week he has since married the girl.

   Rights activists have long criticized Malaysian laws that allow very young Muslims to be wedded with the permission of Islamic courts.

   Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail said late Wednesday that authorities remain firmly against statutory rape and were compiling a DNA report and other evidence in Riduan's case.

   Riduan is already married to another woman and reportedly has four children. Malaysian Muslim men can have up to four wives.

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