Lawyer cannot understand evidence notes

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: First there was concern over whether the evidence notes in the appeal case for Tenaganita Sdn Bhd director Irene Fernandez will be complete but now the defence argued that the type-written notes were incomprehensible.

Defence counsel M. Puravalen has asked the court for more time to consider the next course of action.

He said that the four-volume, 3,648-page type-written evidence that he received on Sept 10 could not be understood. “We appeal that the record cannot be read as it stands,” he said.

Puravalen said he had also received 5,340 pages of hand-written notes on Sept 10. He said he was considering three courses of action and requested for the hearing to be postponed.

One was to include the fact that the notes of evidence were incomprehensible as one of the grounds for the appeal while another option was to file a fresh motion to say that they could not go on with the appeal because the records were incomprehensible, he said. The third was to put it as a preliminary point before the hearing that the procedure record was incomprehensible, he said.

On Oct 16, 2003, Fernandez was sentenced to 12 months’ jail by a magistrate’s court for maliciously publishing false news in 1995. She is appealing against the decision.

The court will hear the option that Puravalen will be choosing on Nov 24.

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