Leave given for con­tempt ac­tion against Lim

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court yes­ter­day granted leave to the at­tor­ney-gen­eral to ini­ti­ate com­mit­tal pro­ceed­ings against Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng over his state­ments in re­la­tion to his cor­rup­tion case.

Judge Datuk Ha­ni­pah Farikul­lah made the de­ci­sion in cham­bers after hear­ing sub­mis­sions by se­nior fed­eral coun­sel Datuk Amar­jeet Singh, who rep­re­sented At­tor­ney­Gen­eral Tan Sri Mo­hamed Apandi Ali.

Also present were se­nior fed­eral coun­sel Suzana Atan, Sham­sul Bol­has­san and Alice Yoke.

Speak­ing to re­porters later, Amar­jeet Singh said the court granted leave to the AG to com­mit Lim for con­tempt of court for mak­ing al­le­ga­tions that he (AG) had scan­dalised the courts and in­ter­fered with the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice.

“It is over cer­tain state­ments that Lim made in a press state­ment after he was charged that ap­peared on so­cial me­dia,” he said, ad­ding that he will file the court pa­pers in re­la­tion to the com­mit­tal pro­ceed­ings against Lim within two weeks.

The AG, as the plain­tiff, had filed an ex­parte orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons re­gard­ing the mat­ter on Aug 18 and had named Lim as the de­fen­dant.

In it, the AG had sought leave for the com­mit­tal pro­ceed­ings to have Lim jailed for con­tempt of court for al­legedly is­su­ing state­ments in the print and/or so­cial me­dia which were detri­men­tal to the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice, lead­ing to an ero­sion of the peo­ple’s con­fi­dence in the ju­di­cial sys­tem which ques­tioned the dig­nity and in­tegrity of the courts. – Ber­nama

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