Senior lawyers Zainur Zakaria and Ambiga Sreenivasan have been given special licences to represent Attorney-General Tommy Thomas in his contempt case brought by the father of the late fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.
Contacted by FMT, Zainur confirmed the appointments and said he and Ambiga appeared today before judicial commissioner Meor Hashimi Abd Hamid in the contempt proceeding.
Both Zainur and Ambiga are former Malaysian Bar presidents.
At the outset of the proceeding, lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, appearing for Adib’s family, asked the judge to record that he had full faith that the attorney-general’s officers could conduct the case on his behalf.
In the previous proceedings, federal counsel S Narkunavathy had appeared for Thomas.
Haniff has gone on record criticising Thomas for appointing private lawyers, the latest being the appointment of DB Naban to represent the Inland Revenue Board in a suit to recover RM1.69 billion in unpaid tax from former prime minister Najib Razak.
Meor Hashimi is hearing an appeal by Thomas against the Aug 27 decision of coroner Rofiah Mohamad to allow leave to begin committal proceedings by Mohd Kassim Abdul Hamid, 64.
The court is also hearing an application by Kassim for Thomas’ appeal to be struck out.
Haniff submitted that Rofiah’s ruling had not finally disposed of the AG’s right because the substantive hearing of the committal proceeding had not started.
Zainur submitted that the striking out application lacked merit as a ruling was not made in the course of a trial or proceedings.
Meor Hashimi will deliver his decision on Monday.
On July 16, Kassim filed an ex parte application for a committal order against Thomas for allegedly insulting the court through the filing of an affidavit by the Attorney-General’s Chambers on April 3 which indicated that Adib’s death was not caused by injuries sustained.
The affidavit had been filed while the inquest into the death of Adib was still underway.
On Sept 27, Rofiah ruled that “more than two unidentified persons” had killed Adib, who died after succumbing to injuries he sustained when he was despatched to the scene of a riot outside the Seri Maha Mariamman temple in November last year. – FMT