Give Daim his day in court and stop implying he is guilty, say lawyers


PETALING JAYA: Tun Daim Zainuddin's lawyers have questioned why it is being insinuated that their client is guilty of crimes when no court has ruled accordingly.

In particular, solicitors Rajesh Nagarajan and Sachpreetraj Singh claimed that the Prime Minister's remark on Thursday (Feb 29) about recent action by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) "against one of the major figures considered to be among the richest" was about Daim's ongoing court case.

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"Indeed, many news outlets linked the Prime Minister's statement to our client... (it) is also not the first time Anwar has lashed out at Daim in public forums in recent months.

"He has gone as far as... criticising the Opposition for keeping silent about the purported ongoing probe.

"Why does he need to call for the Opposition and others to support the MACC's actions?" they asked in a statement on Friday (March 1).

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"Cease making such comments in relation to the ongoing court and investigative process against Daim.

"Under our criminal justice system, every person is entitled to a fair and unbiased legal process, free from all interference," they added.

In his speech at the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Anwar said: “Recently, there was action taken by the MACC against one of the major figures considered to be among the richest.

"But there was no voice in support of its action among the Opposition."

Daim, 85, was charged on Jan 29 with failing to declare his assets to the MACC. The former finance minister faces imprisonment of up to five years and a fine not exceeding RM100,000, if convicted.

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