Former AIAC director fails to show up in court, given 24 hours to appear

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) director Datuk Prof Dr Sundra Rajoo has been given until Tuesday to appear before the Sessions Court here after he failed to turn up in court Monday (March 25).

Dr Sundra, who is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), was expected to face three criminal charges on Monday.

DPP Kamal Baharin Omar applied for an arrest warrant following his absence.

Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi, however, rejected the application as the court was informed that Dr Sundra would be attending a High Court proceeding on Tuesday.

“We will give him another 24 hours to be present after the High Court proceedings,” she said.

Lawyer K. Shanmuga, who is representing Dr Sundra in the High Court matter, was present at Monday’s proceeding as amicus curiae (friend of the court).

Dr Sundra had reportedly questioned the MACC's plans to charge him over offences allegedly committed during his time in office, a day before his attempt to assert immunity from the High Court.

He had said that as a former high officer of the AIAC, he has immunity from any legal action taken against him concerning his period of service.

The High Court is scheduled to hear a leave application for judicial review by Dr Sundra on the purported immunity on Tuesday.

Dr Sundra led the AIAC for nine years.

In November 2018, he resigned from his post as the MACC investigated him for alleged misconduct including the use of public funds to influence ministers to get his term extended.

Early this month, he filed leave an application for a judicial review at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

The 63-year-old is seeking a declaration that, as a high officer of the AIAC, he is entitled to protection for acts and omissions in his official capacity.

Dr Sundra, who is a former Fifa Ethics Committee judge, was held overnight in November after flying in from Zurich, where the world football body has its headquarters.

He was released after a magistrate dismissed an application for a remand order by the MACC on the grounds that he has diplomatic immunity as head of the AIAC.

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