PUTRAJAYA: Four High Court judges in Kuala Lumpur and one judge in Sabah have been assigned to hear Islamic State (IS) militant and security cases, said Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.
Justice Arifin said that the judiciary already had “dedicated judges” assigned to deal with such cases.
“They are not just any judges. They are trained in a particular area of law as it involved security,” he told reporters after the oath-taking ceremony for 10 judicial commissioners at Palace of Justice here yesterday.
Justice Arifin said the move was in accordance with a Cabinet decision as the Government considered the matter to be a serious threat to the country.
“It is just a criminal court but will be handled by a specific or assigned judge.
“We are thinking about security so we will have these courts in Kuala Lumpur only. In Sabah, we already have one judge handling such cases for over a year,” said Justice Arifin.
Asked if the criminal court would also have proceedings at night for such cases, he said: “The court can proceed if need be, we can hear cases at night.”
But he added that it would have certain restrictions because “otherwise security matters will be exposed to the public”.
Besides that, he said there may be the issue of delay on the part of the prosecution when it involved many witnesses.
“Witnesses and security aspects have to be taken care of,” Justice Arifin added.
The 10 judicial commissioners are former Federal Court's Chief Registrar Datuk Roslan Abu Bakar, 54; Attorney-General's Chambers former prosecution division head Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed, 55; former Kuala Lumpur court director Al-Baishah Abd Manan, 56; ex-Selangor court director Datin Siti Mariam Othman, 54; former Sessions Court judges Hassan Abdul Ghani, 56 and Chan Jit Li, 55; former Johor court director Muhammad Jamil Hussin, 56; Negri Sembilan court director Hayatul Akmal Abdul Aziz, 53; former lawyers Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, 53 and Datuk Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah, 53.
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