Articles Uncategorized

7 DAP, PKR hopefuls to contest in GE14 despite criminal charges

Any disqualification of MPs and assemblymen will only come into effect after the final appeal is exhausted and application for clemency is dismissed, says lawyer S N Nair. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is one of several opposition candidates contesting despite criminal charges. PETALING JAYA: At least seven DAP and PKR candidates are contesting...

2018 Articles

Sustain supremacy of constitution, urge legal eagles

PETALING JAYA: The three arms of the government — the executive, legislature and judiciary — must uphold the supremacy of the 60-year-old constitution, following a recent landmark ruling, a retired judge and lawyers said. They also said judicial power and judicial independence were sacrosanct in the Malaysian constitutional framework to keep every organ and institution...

Articles

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...

Articles

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...

Articles

‘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...

Articles Others

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...

Articles

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...

Articles

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)...

Articles

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...

Articles

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...