KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed Jan 9 to hear an application by Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam to set aside leave granted to Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas to initiate committal proceedings against him for allegedly threatening a prosecution witness.
Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah fixed the date after DPP Mohamad Mustafa P. Kunyalam informed the court that the prosecution had received an affidavit from the defence to set aside the leave to initiate the committal proceedings.
DPP Mustafa said the prosecution needed time to go through the affidavit and asked for two weeks to reply to it.
Lawyer Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee represented Lokman in the proceedings here on Friday (Dec 6).
The prosecution witness in question was Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, who was Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s former special officer.
Amhari was one of the key witnesses in the former premier's 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial where the latter is accused of misappropriating RM2.28bil in 1MDB funds.
On Oct 22, Justice Sequerah allowed the AG to initiate committal proceedings against Lokman.
Thomas had filed an application for leave on Oct 10 to initiate the proceedings over Lokman’s alleged contempt of court acts, allegedly perpetrated on two occasions on Sept 25.
In the application, Thomas sought an order for Lokman to be committed to prison or fined for contempt.
The AG said on Sept 25, Lokman, in a video interview, uttered words implying a threat against Amhari for having given evidence against Najib in the 1MDB trial.
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