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Ex-Lawyer VK is jailed for contempt of court
Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kuala Lumpur: Former lawyer V. K. Lingam was sentenced to six months jail by the Federal Court Tuesday for contempt for claiming that the bench had plagiarised its judgment in a commercial case.

Justice Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin, who chaired the five-man bench, read out the the unanimous judgement but Lingam was not present.

"A warrant of committal will be issued and the sentence will proceed forthwith," he was quoted as saying when delivering the unanimous decision.

Earlier, Lingam applied to disqualify six judges from hearing his case on grounds of bias.

They are Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, Abu Samah, Tan Sri Ramli Ali, Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed, Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi and Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha. Suriyadi has since retired.

The charge dates back to 2012 and the case has taken this long due to Lingam's repeated absence from proceedings for a variety of reasons, chiefly medical.

The contempt case came about after Lingam appeared for clients, consisting of family members, in a civil suit.

Following a Federal Court decision in 2012 that went against his clients, Lingam filed a review of that ruling on grounds that the judgment was plagiarised.

Lingam, the 24 family members and another lawyer, T C Nayagam, were charged with contempt.

The family members were each fined RM100,000 while Nayagam was fined RM150,000 after they pleaded guilty to the charge.

In September, the Federal Court ordered Lingam to attend hearings after rejecting the veracity of the medical report used to justify his absence.

Following a Federal Court decision in 2012 that went against his clients, Lingam filed a review of that decision on grounds that the judgment was plagiarised.

Lingam previously gained prominence after being implicated in the fixing of judicial appointments, which led to the formation of a 2007 Royal Commission of Inquiry.

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