Senior lawyer: Messages linking me to claims that court decisions can be influenced are blatantly false

PETALING JAYA: Former Bar Council president Datuk Lim Chee Wee has denied sending several text messages to a foreign client suggesting court decisions can be influenced.

In a media statement, he said he had lodged a police report on the text messages and would cooperate with the authorities on the matter.

"I refer to the recent reports and stories carried in the media concerning purported text messages which mentioned my name.

"These messages are in connection with a matter pending in court and which were allegedly sent recently by a third party.

"These messages contain fabrications and baseless allegations," he said on Sunday (June 20).

Lim also denied knowing the party who allegedly sent the messages.

"The company named is no longer my client since I left my former firm in June 2020.

"I am not involved in any alleged settlement and appeal involving the company.

"I have not communicated with or been involved in any way with the company for a year," he said.

"Therefore, these recent text messages purportedly quoting me, are blatantly false. This is a case of criminal defamation," added Lim.

On Saturday (June 19), the Malaysian Bar condemned the behaviour of one of its members who had allegedly tried to fix a case and tarnished the reputation of the judiciary.

Malaysian Bar president AG Kalidas called the alleged act disgraceful and unbecoming of a member of the legal fraternity.

He was commenting on the incident where a lawyer supposedly sent several text messages to a foreign client, with one reportedly stating that "the path is covered till the CJ (Chief Justice)."

Last Monday (June 14), it was reported that the special officer to Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat lodged a police report on June 7 against a lawyer for allegedly bringing the judiciary into disrepute.

Sepang OCPD Asst Comm Wan Kamarulzaaman Wan Yusof said the incident has been classified under improper use of network facilities and is also being investigated for criminal defamation and intentional insult to provoke breach of peace.

It is understood that the messages are in connection with two civil appeals pending before the Court of Appeal.

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