Aker Solutions lodges report over ‘doctored messages’ of case-fixing

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Aker Solutions, Norway’s largest oil services company, has lodged a police report over what it says are fabricated text messages which allegedly suggested that it is involved in fixing a case.

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In a statement, it said articles in an online website, published on June 19 and 20, referred to a case between Aker Solutions and a local employee who was dismissed.

It did not specifically name the publication, but it was believed to be Sarawak Report.

The website includes screenshots of mobile phone text messages that are alleged to have been received, among others, by the former employee.

It said several circumstances show that the published text messages appear to be fabricated.

“Aker Solutions strongly rejects the suggestion of involvement in inappropriate interference with the legal process in Malaysia. The company has no knowledge of the allegations on the website nor the alleged text messages,” it said.

It said the employee was dismissed in 2018, and later sued by Aker Solutions, following investigations for breach of confidentiality.

Aker Solutions’ case is still pending before the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

The former employee sued the company for abuse of process, but the High Court struck out the case last month.

However, the matter and another related case are pending appeal in the Court of Appeal.

Aker Solutions said it is committed to operating with the highest standards of integrity in all its locations and hoped the Malaysian authorities resolved the case.

On June 7, a special officer to Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat lodged the report over a text message that could potentially bring the judiciary into disrepute.

Sources told FMT that among the text messages was one to a foreign client stating “the path is covered till the CJ”.

Police have so far recorded statements from seven people, including three lawyers, in response to the police report after a lawyer allegedly suggested that a court decision could be fixed.

On Sunday, two prominent lawyers lodged police reports denying any knowledge of text messages that mentioned their names and spoke of matters that allegedly sully the judiciary’s image.

Former Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee denied having made any such statements as shown in the text messages contained in a screenshot while Rosli Dahlan said his name was mentioned without any basis.

Lim is said to have represented Aker Solutions in the case when he was a partner in a large legal firm but recently moved out to set up his own practice. – FMT