Lingam jailed six months

> Ex-lawyer con­victed of say­ing bench pla­gia­rised judg­ment

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: For­mer lawyer V. K. Lingam ( pix) was sen­tenced to six months’ jail by the Fed­eral Court yes­ter­day for con­tempt for claim­ing that the bench had pla­gia­rised its judg­ment in a com­mer­cial case.

Jus­tice Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin, who chaired the five-man bench, read out the unan­i­mous judg­ment but Lingam was not present.

“A war­rant of com­mit­tal will be is­sued and the sen­tence will pro­ceed forth­with,” he was quoted as say­ing when de­liv­er­ing the rul­ing.

Ear­lier, Lingam ap­plied to dis­qual­ify six judges from hear­ing his case on grounds of bias.

They are Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, Abu Samah, Tan Sri Ramli Ali, Tan Sri Aza­har Mo­hamed, Datuk Balia Yu­sof Wahi and Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha. Suriyadi has since re­tired.

The charge dates back to 2012 and the case has taken this long due to Lingam’s re­peated ab­sence from pro­ceed­ings for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, mainly med­i­cal.

The con­tempt case came about af­ter Lingam ap­peared for clients, con­sist­ing of fam­ily mem­bers, in a civil suit.

Fol­low­ing a Fed­eral Court de­ci­sion in 2012 that ruled against his clients, Lingam filed a re­view of that rul­ing on grounds that the judg­ment was pla­gia­rised.

Lingam, the 24 fam­ily mem­bers and an­other lawyer, T. C. Nayagam, were charged with con­tempt.

The fam­ily mem­bers were each fined RM100,000 while Nayagam was fined RM150,000 af­ter they pleaded guilty to the charge.

In Septem­ber, the Fed­eral Court or­dered Lingam to at­tend hear­ings af­ter re­ject­ing the ve­rac­ity of the med­i­cal re­port used to jus­tify his ab­sence.

Lingam was barred from prac­tice for pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct in 2015.

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