Reports lodged against Guan Eng, Syed Saddiq and lawyer for commenting on ongoing trials


KUALA LUMPUR: Police reports have been lodged against MPs Lim Guan Eng and Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman as well as Syed Saddiq's lawyer for making comments on their ongoing trials, which could amount to sub judice.

Sub judice is a legal rule that prohibits cases under judicial consideration from public discussion.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim (pic) confirmed that the police reports were lodged against them.

"I confirm that police reports have been lodged. We will refer the matter to the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) for further action," he said when contacted on Saturday (June 25).

It is learnt that the reports were made at the Putrajaya police station.

The complainant urged the AGC to take action against Lim, Syed Saddiq and his lawyer for contempt of court.

The first report, made against Lim, was based on a news article where Lim is quoted as saying that the testimony of a witness in his corruption trial was made up and was part of a political conspiracy.

Lim, the former Penang chief minister, is on trial for corruption charges linked to a proposed RM6.3bil undersea tunnel project.

He is also accused of accepting RM3.3mil in kickbacks from a businessman and dishonestly misappropriating RM208.7mil worth of state land to two companies.

The second report, lodged against Syed Saddiq and his lawyer, alleged that the lawyer was heard saying in a YouTube video that the charges brought against Syed Saddiq were politically motivated.

The complainant said the lawyer's comments could interfere with the judicial process as the trial had yet to begin at the time.

Syed Saddiq, is the Muar MP, former youth and sports minister and Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) president. He is on trial for four charges of criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds, and money laundering of more than RM1mil belonging to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's youth wing when he was the party's youth wing leader.

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