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Bar Council calls gathering to protest alleged police interference

Published
Modified 30 Mar 2016, 10:48 pm

The Bar Council has issued a circular urging members of the Malaysian Bar to gather in protest of alleged police interference in their affairs.

"Members of the Bar are invited to be present at the Bar Council secretariat and at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, to show support for our four members," the circular stated.

The four members are Malaysian Bar secretary Karen Cheah Yee Lynn and lawyers Charles Hector Fernandez, Francis Pereira and R Shanmugam.

They are due to have their statements recorded by police tomorrow afternoon in Bukit Aman.

This is in relation to a motion tabled at the Malaysian Bar's 70th annual general meeting on March 19, which called for attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali to be taken to task for his refusal to bring charges against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over large deposits found in his personal bank accounts.

Police had notified the Bar Council that they wish to record statements from the four members of the Malaysian Bar, under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code, for the purposes of investigations arising out of a complaint in respect of Section 4(1)(a) of the Sedition Act 1948.

"The investigations are purportedly in relation to motion ('Motion on the Attorney-General, Public 'Prosecutor and Improvement of Public Perspective of Administration of Justice in Malaysia”), tabled at the 70th AGM of the Malaysian Bar ("AGM") held on March 19," the circular stated.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru has called the action taken by the police as unacceptable.

"It is an interference with the Bar Council’s statutory obligation to convene and conduct the AGM, and the statutory entitlement of members of the Malaysian Bar to move motions for the consideration of the Malaysian Bar, consistent with the Malaysian Bar’s powers under the Legal Profession Act 1976," he said.