Lokman gets show-cause notice for contempt over retort during Zahid's graft trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam (pic) has been issued with a show-cause notice for contempt by the High Court for verbally abusing a policeman at the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

This followed a complaint by the prosecution that Lokman was ticked off by a policeman who told him not to "play" with his mobile phone while sitting in open court.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran said Lokman responded by calling the policeman "stupid".

"This is rude and insolent behaviour. I move the court to cite him (Lokman) for contempt as the incident happened during the proceedings," Raja Rozela said here on Thursday (June 30).

When asked by Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah if he had anything to say about the incident, Lokman explained that he was not calling the policeman stupid but "the law is stupid".

He said it was unfair that those in court were able to use their laptops but not their mobile phones.

Raja Rozela, in response, said calling the law "stupid" was also contempt and urged the court to deal with Lokman immediately.

Ahmad Zahid's lawyer Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Zainal then stood up to interject.

"I am not representing him, I am merely acting as an amicus curae (friend of the court).

"He (Lokman) should be given some time to engage counsel," the lawyer said.

Justice Sequerah then said he was issuing Lokman a show-cause notice.

The judge asked if Lokman wanted to engage a lawyer, to which he said "Yes."

The court then fixed Monday (July 4) for hearing of the show-cause notice on Lokman, at which he has to be present with his lawyer.

Lokman was in the public gallery to show of support for Umno president Ahmad Zahid, who is on trial for 47 charges – 12 for criminal breach of trust (CBT), eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering – involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB).

The hearing continues in the afternoon.

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