KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak has filed contempt proceedings against DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, a journalist and an online portal over an article about his RM42mil SRC International trial, which was published on the news site.
He named Lim, who is the Iskandar Puteri MP, journalist Emmanuel Santa Maria Chin and Malay Mail Sdn Bhd as respondents in two separate suits filed through the law firm Messrs Shafee & Co on Nov 11.
The former premier is seeking for the respondents to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of court in relation to a Malay Mail article titled “Kit Siang: High Court decision on Najib and Tanjung Piai by election-outcome will indicate where Malaysia headed towards” uploaded on Nov 9.
The notice for show cause application came up for case management in the chambers of High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali here yesterday.
In his supporting affidavit, Najib listed six paragraphs in the article that he claimed constituted contempt of court.
The article, he said, was done to “pressure” the court in deciding on his corruption trial.
Najib contended that the article appeared to be a threat and undermined the power of the court, as well as interfering and obstructing the course of justice and exerting unnecessary pressure on the court.
He said the article appeared to have contained a form of threat and intimidation to the court whereby if the court found him not guilty and decided not to call for his defence, it automatically meant that global kleptocracy would make a comeback in Malaysia.
“This sort of threat and intimidation, especially in an ongoing proceeding, is obviously to divert the course of justice and therefore an interference in the judicial process.
“The article, when read as a whole, amounted to a serious contempt of court and also an unwarranted attack on the judiciary.
“Hence a notice to show cause shall be issued by this court against the respondents, ” he said.
When met by reporters yesterday, Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the case management was for an ex-parte matter for a show cause against the respondents.
“We are going to appear before the judge on a date yet to be fixed because the judge wants the papers to be tweaked a bit, ” he said.
On Nov 11, Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali ordered Najib to enter his defence on all seven charges in the SRC trial after ruling that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against Najib.
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