PETALING JAYA: Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat has spent six years sitting in the appellate courts. Throughout this period she contributed to several notable judgments.
In 2013, Tengku Maimun, alongside two other Court of Appeal Judges, unanimously reversed a decision by the High Court to convict two former police commandos of the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.
This decision was later reinstated by the Federal Court.
In 2014, Tengku Maimun was the only judge out of a three-man Court of Appeal panel presiding over a high-profile child conversion case who dissented to the decision to reverse a mandamus order from the Ipoh High Court to then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to locate and return M. Indira Gandhi’s daughter and arrest her ex-husband.
This decision was later overturned by the Federal Court.
In 2016, Tengku Maimun was the sole judge of a three-man Court of Appeal panel to dissent to the decision to convict then Democratic Action Party chairman Karpal Singh of sedition.
After three years, the late politician was unanimously acquitted by a seven-man Federal Court bench.