|Bar comes to defence of judges|
|Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:34am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
by SHAILA KOSHY
KUALA LUMPUR: The three judges who have had allegations of corruption or interference thrown at them by a blogger have “impeccable integrity”.
“The judges named, as far as I know, have impeccable integrity,” said Malaysian Bar vice-president Chris Leong.
“It is very easy to make allegations but one must have cogent evidence in hand before making allegations of corruption or fraud against judges.
“Otherwise it is contempt of court because it would be slandering a court.
“It is also very unfair to judges who, by the very nature of their office, cannot retort or defend themselves in the media.”
He said this when asked about allegations made in several blogs against a Court of Appeal judge in relation to cases involving Magic Telekom Sdn Bhd and Numix Engineering Sdn Bhd that he had heard in the High Court.
The allegations also linked two judicial commissioners to cases involving the two companies, implying interference on their part.
On March 8, the Court of Appeal deputy registrar lodged a report against the writer of the article Yang Arif hakim boleh dibeli murah oleh Razak Mohd Noor (Learned judge can be bought cheap by Razak Mohd Noor) that appeared in justice4sale.blogspot.com on Feb 22.
Since then, several bloggers and online forums have picked up the article and posted it on their blogs and websites.
“One should be very cautious when making such allegations as the consequences are very severe,” said Leong.
“Without prejudging the allegations in the article, it must be pointed out that at the moment, without specifying any evidence, they are mere allegations.”
It was reported yesterday that Putrajaya police are working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to identify and track the writer of the blog.
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