The Malaysian Bar welcomes the decision of the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates’ Court on 21 August to acquit lawyer Siti Kasim after due process on a charge of obstructing the duties of a public servant.
It was reported that one of the reasons for Siti Kasim’s acquittal is that she was acting in her capacity as a lawyer who was defending her client when the raid was conducted.
The Malaysian Bar hopes that this matter can be laid to rest following the decision of the magistrates’ court.
The UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers (1990) ensure that lawyers are free to act for their clients and carry out their professional duties without any hindrance.
Salim Bashir is president of the Malaysian Bar
This piece dated 21 August 2020 is reproduced from here and has been edited for style only