Fighting to keep sources confidential


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 23 May 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: A journalist is fighting to maintain the confidentiality of sources, appealing for the right to do so to the Court of Appeal.

The Star journalist S. Tarshini had applied to be released from testifying in the terrorism trial of Yazid Sufaat and Muhammad Hilmi Hasim. However, the High Court on May 11 dismissed the application, ruling that her testimony was relevant to the case and ought to be maintained.

Tarshini filed her notice of appeal yesterday to the High Court registrar through law firm Messrs Ramrais and Partners.

Her lawyer Syahredzan Johan confirmed that the written judgment by Justice Mohd Azman Husin was not yet released.

Without the judgment, he said it would be premature to suggest their grounds of appeal.

Justice Mohd Azman had earlier concurred with the prosecution that the application should have been made before Tarshini testified.

The prosecution led by DPP Yusof Mohd Ishak also argued that unlike the Legal Profession Act which governs lawyers, the National Union of Journalist’s code of conduct was only a set of guidelines.

Tarshini is the sixth prosecution witness in the case of Yazid and Muhammad Hilmi, who are on trial for promoting acts of terrorism in Syria, which in turn threatened public safety there.

The two face a second charge of being members of terrorist organisation Tanzim Al-Qaeda Malaysia.

The alleged offences occurred at Yazid’s house in Ampang between August and October in 2012.

The first charge under Section 130G(a) of the Penal Code is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine, while the second charge under Section 130KA carries a life sentence upon conviction.

The trial is set to continue on June 1, with other witnesses taking the stand ahead of Tarshini.


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