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Saturday, 26 July 2014

A-G seeks to continue contempt proceedings against lawyers

PUTRAJAYA: The Attorney-General is continuing the contempt of court proceedings against lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam and 24 others for accusing a panel of three judges of plagiarising in a civil judgment.

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is applying to be an intervener in the proceedings in order to proceed with the matter.

A senior federal counsel from the AGC said they wanted to be a party in the committal proceedings.

“Nobody is taking the steps to stand for the court. The liquidators cannot simply withdraw their bid to cite Lingam and 24 others for contempt of court.

“This is a public interest case,” the counsel said.

Under Order 52 of the Rules of Court 2012 for committal, anyone who has purged his contempt can be jailed, fined or get away after issuing an unreserved apology.

The counsel said the move followed remarks by Federal Court judge Justice Suriyadi Halim Omar in June to the parties involved to reconsider their stand when the liquidators want to discontinue the action.

A source familiar with the case said that the intervener application had also been served on Lingam’s solicitors.

A check with the Federal Court registry revealed that the case has been rescheduled for hearing on Aug 7. Justice Suriyadi ruled in August last year that the application by Lingam and 24 others to set aside leave granted by the apex court to commence contempt proceedings against them was without merit.

The Federal Court had in April 2012 granted leave to two liquidators to initiate contempt proceedings against Lingam and the others over a review application on issues of plagiarism by a panel of three judges.

Tags / Keywords: Courts Crime , lingam


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