A police report has been made by the Federal Court chief registrar over two news articles implicating Court of Appeal judge Nazlan Mohd Ghazali in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and SRC scandal.
In a statement, the office of the chief registrar said the two articles purportedly published in the news portal affected the course of the administration of criminal justice and the judiciary.
The articles were published by Malaysia Now and headlined “Group calling for Najib’s pardon now wants judge Nazlan arrested’’ while the Malaysia Today post was titled “Shocking Revelation: Najib’s Trial Judge Nazlan’s Conflict-of-Interest Exposed”.
Both articles were published on March 14.
“We refer to news reports over allegations that an appellate judge was involved in the 1MDB and SRC scandal.
“We ask all to be careful not to issue statements that can affect the proceedings of an ongoing case which could adversely affect the administration of criminal justice and the country’s judicial institution,” the statement said.
It said the case was being investigated under section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998, section 499 of the penal code and other relevant laws.
Section 233(1)(a) of the CMA criminalises, among others, the use of network facilities or network services by a person to transmit any communication that is deemed to be offensive and could cause annoyance to another person while section 449 of the penal code investigates for defamation. – TMI