Lawyers walk out from inquiry

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(Malaysiakini)
Five lawyers staged a walkout after the royal commission into the Lingam tape today barred their client – PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim – from participating in the proceedings.

The
commission’s decision was made due to the Anwar’s refusal to withdraw
and apologise for his contemptuous remarks made against the royal panel
of inquiry.

Also barred for the same reason is social reform movement Aliran.

Commission member Steve Shim said that commission would consider further punishment against them later.

Under the Commission of Inquiry Act, acts of contempt are punishable with a maximum RM100 fine or a three-month jail.

Following
their ruling, the commission told lawyers representing Anwar and Aliran
that they are not allowed to participate in questioning or submitting
in the proceedings.

The five lawyers representing Anwar then
walked out from the courtroom, stating it was an act of protest against
the commission’s decision. They said that they would seek a judicial
review on the matter.

Aliran’s lawyer CV Prabhakaran was not present at the inquiry today.

Yesterday Anwar and Aliran declined to withdraw statements said to be in contempt of the commission.

 

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