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AG files application to cite Mkini for contempt over readers' comments

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Attorney-General Idrus Harun has filed an ex-parte application to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Malaysiakini and its editor-in-chief.

The application, which was filed yesterday, is scheduled to be heard at the Federal Court in Putrajaya tomorrow morning.

In his affidavit, Idrus (above) said the application for committal proceedings is with regard to readers' comments in an article dated June 9 titled “CJ orders all courts to be fully operational from July 1.” 

Citing five comments, he alleged that they “clearly meant that the judiciary committed wrongdoings, is involved in corruption, does not uphold justice and compromised its integrity.”

“These comments threaten public confidence in the judiciary and are clearly aimed at tarnishing the administration of justice by the judiciary,” he added.

Idrus alleged that Malaysiakini had erred in facilitating the publication of these comments, which were “unwarranted" and "demeaning” attacks on the judiciary.

Earlier today, officers from the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters recorded Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan's statement over the same matter.

The case is being investigated under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 as well as the Penal Code.

Gan said Malaysiakini would cooperate with the police and would consult its lawyers regarding the contempt proceedings.

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