PUTRAJAYA: Blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin has applied to the Federal Court to recuse Justice S. Augustine Paul from hearing the cross-appeal over his habeas corpus application.
His lead counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar said he had received instructions from his client yesterday to seek recusal of Justice Paul on two grounds.
Malik said Raja Petra was critical of Justice Paul when the judge handled the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim corruption trial at High Court.
“Raja Petra had written about Justice Paul in the Internet. I have to show this court the concerned articles,” he told a three-man panel led by Federal Court judge Justice Nik Hashim Nik Ab Rahman.
Besides that, Malik said Justice Paul had also dismissed a habeas corpus application for Raja Petra in 2001 when he was earlier detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on grounds the online news portal editor was a threat to national security.
“Justice Paul had already formed a view against my client,” he said.
“It was later appealed to the Federal Court but my client had already been released,“ he added.
Malik said he was prepared to file his documents by today and that he did not intend to delay justice.
Justice Nik Hashim, who sat together with Justices Paul and Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, said the Bench would reconsider the earlier ruling and ordered Malik to file a formal application by today.
The panel set Feb 17 to hear the application and cross-appeal.