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Lawyers: AG can appeal acquittal, inadequacy of sentence, but without bias

The attorney-general has a right to appeal but it must done based on sound grounds, says Nair. PETALING JAYA: The public prosecutor, as the guardian of public interest, has every right to appeal against acquittals and sentencing by the courts, lawyers said. However, they also said it must not be seen as going after opposition...

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Bar: Don’t just blame lawyers, advocacy skills low among judges, DPPs too

The Malaysian Bar says all parties in the administration of justice, and not just lawyers, have a duty in maintaining standards. Inaccurate to say that poor quality judgments are due to poor standard of advocacy and sub-standard submissions and research by lawyers, says Varughese. KUALA LUMPUR: It is unfair to pick on lawyers over declining...

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‘Wrong to say Anwar’s term can be increased for making statements’

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers have said it is wrong for Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed to say jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim would risk a longer jail term if he issues press statements without the Prisons Department’s approval. Senior lawyer SN Nair said that Jazlan should not make statements that are not within his...

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Futile to charge anyone now over forex losses, says lawyer

PETALING JAYA: A lawyer said any investigation and prosecution of those implicated by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into forex trading losses suffered by Bank Negara will be a futile exercise. S N Nair said the fiasco happened more than 25 years ago and key witnesses would not be around to testify for the...

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Anwar can be placed under house arrest instead, says former lawyer

PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya can amend prison regulations to place opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under house arrest instead of continuing to keep him in prison, his former lawyer said. S N Nair said there was no provision for house arrest, unlike in Pakistan or the Philippines, but the Prisons Department could enact such rules to accommodate...

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Lawyer: AG can extradite Lingam to serve jail term

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian government can apply to extradite former lawyer VK Lingam, 66, to serve his six-month jail term for contempt of court, a lawyer said. SN Nair said Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali could apply to the country where Lingam was currently residing in to bring him back under the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA)...

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Lawyer: Raja Petra can be extradited to face charges here

PETALING JAYA: Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali can seek the assistance of the British public prosecutor to extradite fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin to face criminal charges here, a lawyer said. S N Nair said Raja Petra had committed cyber law crimes of both nations by posting offensive, malicious or false articles on Apandi and several...

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Lawyer: AG has no power to investigate MACC chief

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s (AG) decision to appoint his officer to oversee police investigations into allegations that a senior Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer was having a tryst with a married woman in Bali, Indonesia, is setting a wrong precedent, a lawyer said. SN Nair said Mohamed Apandi Ali had no legal authority to set...

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Flora Damansara man must be investigated, says lawyer

PETALING JAYA: Police must immediately investigate the man in a video, telling patrons at a cafe in Flora Damansara to dress “appropriately” in respect of the majority Muslim community living in their area, a lawyer said today. SN Nair said that if the video clip, which has gone viral on social media, was authentic, the...

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Not right for government to sue individuals, says lawyer

PETALING JAYA: A Federal Court decision is to determine conclusively whether a government body may sue an individual for defamation, says lawyer S N Nair. He said while the law under section 3 of the Government Proceedings Act (GPA) 1956 had been well enumerated by the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal, it appeared...