Lawyer Abu Backer Sidek calls for AG to resign over LGE verdict

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 04 Sep 2018

PUTRAJAYA: Attorney General Tommy Thomas “has no integrity” and must resign, said lawyer Datuk Abu Backer Sidek Mohamad Zan. 

Commenting on the decision by the Penang High Court to acquit Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng of corruption, Abu Backer accused Thomas of influencing the verdict. 

“I believe the Attorney General Tommy Thomas is the individual that gave his blessings for MACC’s (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) legal and prosecution division director Mohd Masri Daud to request for the court to drop the charges against Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon. 

“This is because the law clearly states that only the Attorney General can prosecute, or drop charges in a case. 

“I call for the MACC to immediately investigate for abuse of power, because the current Attorney General was Lim’s former personal lawyer for a long time. He (Thomas) and his law firm have represented Lim for over 10 years.

“I dare say this because I have information and documents related to it,” said Abu Backer to reporters outside the MACC headquarters here Tuesday (Sept 4). 

On Monday (Sept 3), the Penang Court freed Lim and Phang of corruption charges involving the alleged conversion of a land status and purchase of a bungalow below market value. 

Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail ordered both Lim and Phang to be given a discharge amounting to an acquittal, and to be released immediately. 

The prosecution, however, had applied for a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA). 

“I would to congratulate the judge for taking “extra” action in the case. The prosecution had only asked for a DNAA, but instead, the judge decided to acquit and release Lim and Phang,” said Abu Backer. 

The lawyer lodged a report with the MACC, urging the commission to investigate Thomas and Mohd Masri for abuse of power.  

Abu Backer said the court decision has made him lose confidence in the judiciary. 

“Based on my investigations, it is clear that there are elements of corruption in Lim and Phang’s case. While I respect the judiciary, I must say I am losing confidence in it. I feel like tearing up my lawyer’s certificates,” he said. 

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