Computer virus delays Irene Fernandez appeal

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 05 Aug 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: The appeal of Tenaganita Sdn Bhd director Irene Fernandez, convicted for maliciously publishing false news in 1995, was delayed once again because of a computer virus.

The notes of evidence on one of the computers being used for the proceedings had been corrupted by a virus, which meant they had to be retyped, said High Court judge Justice Mohamed Apandi Ali.

He said the lower court registry (criminal division) had been working very hard to type the notes for the appeal, but he received a letter dated Aug 4 from registrar Norhayati Abd Jabar on one of the typists in charge of compiling the notes.

"Three typists had been assigned to type the notes of evidence. Unfortunately, one of the computers used by a typist was corrupted with virus when she was half way through her work, and she had to type them again," he said.

Justice Mohamed said that the registry was short of typists. "I have already requested the registry to double its efforts and even encouraged them to work overtime to complete their task," he said.

Saying that the registrar had requested a month to finish the job, he set Sept 10 for mention to ensure that all records of appeal are ready.

In 2003, Fernandez was sentenced to 12 months’ jail by a magistrate’s court for maliciously publishing false news in a 1995 memorandum entitled Abuse, Torture, and Dehumanised Treatment of Migrant Workers at Detention Camps.

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