Counsel allowed to attend Aug 21 hearing, rules court


SHAH ALAM: The Coroner’s Court ruled that a senior federal counsel would be allowed to attend and make submissions at a hearing on Aug 21 for a committal order application filed by deceased fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s father against the Attorney General.

Coroner Rofiah Mohamad made the decision after hearing submissions on the matter from lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who is representing Muhammad Adib’s family, and senior federal counsel S. Narkunavathy.

Rofiah said the counsel could attend the hearing and expressed her opposition to the ex parte application made by Muhammad Adib’s father for a committal order against Attorney General Tommy Thomas for allegedly insulting the court through the filing of an affidavit by the AG’s Chambers on April 3 which indicated that Muhammad Adib’s death was not caused by injuries sustained.

The affidavit had been filed while the inquest into the cause of death of Muhammad Adib was still underway – the inquest which involved 41 days of hearings began on Feb 11 and came to a close on July 24, with no date set for a decision.

Muhammad Adib, 24, died on Dec 17 last year after sustaining critical injuries on Nov 27 when he and his team members from the Subang Jaya fire station responded to an emergency call concerning a riot that was taking place at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.

Rofiah also said yesterday that the court would not refer to two prior affidavits filed by the AG’s Chambers and then Deputy Public Prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah.

The application for a committal order against the Attorney General was filed on July 16 by Muhammad Adib’s father Mohd Kassim Abdul Hamid, 64.

On July 24, in his response to the committal order application, Thomas said that his office had never ordered former DPP Hamdan to file an affidavit at the Court of Appeal concerning the cause of Muhammad Adib’s death.

At yesterday’s proceedings, Narkunavathy said a committal order should be viewed seriously as it was possible sentences included a jail term, while Mohamed Haniff submitted that the application was not aimed at jailing the Attorney General but to seek an apology from Thomas to the court and the family. — Bernama


   

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