Friday, May 16, 2008



A check on the official website of the Attorney-General's Chambers revealed that the Anti-Corruption Agency's investigation papers on lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam have been returned to the agency with further instructions.The ACA submitted its papers on May 9 but received them back later the same day.As of yesterday evening, Lingam's case was number 114 under "List of Investigation Papers" or Senarai Kertas Siasatan Kes.


Former deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan had direct influence in the appointment and promotion of judges.

This was the explosive observation made in the report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam video clip.

The findings of the commission were in direct contrast to Adnan's testimony: "I had nothing to do with the appointment of judges."

Tan had also testified that he had no links to the judicial appointments.

Lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam had mentioned Adnan's name 11 times in the 14-minute clip and that the lawyer was speaking to former chief justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, noted the report.

The commission had recommended that certain individuals who gave evidence in the inquiry be investigated under the Sedition Act, Official Secrets Act and the Penal Code.

The commission also recommended that Lingam be investigated for misconduct under the Legal Profession Act.

The commission also recommended that the government review the composition of members in the Judicial and Legal Service Commission to prevent abuse by the chief justice who has a hand in recommending judges to sit in the commission.

The commission head is the chairman of the Public Services Commission. The attorney-general, who is the head of the legal department, is a member of the commission while the others members are all judges.

The Royal Commission recommended that the chief judge of Malaya and chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak be members of the body as they are directly responsible for the appointments, transfer and promotion of lower court judges and registrars.

This recommendation was made as there have been instances of a former chief justice who practiced favoritism.

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