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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lokman Adam looking to battle or set aside his contempt charge

Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam is contemplating whether to answer the contempt proceedings brought against him for alleged threats against a witness in 1MDB criminal trial - or to make an application to set it aside.
His lawyer, Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed, said this to the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today, when requesting the court to set another mention date for Lokman's case.
According to the counsel, they needed more time to deliberate on the options as Lokman (photo, above) was only served with additional affidavits for the case three days ago (on Nov 5).
"In view of this short period of time between the service (of the affidavits) and today's case management date, we humbly seek for some time for us to determine whether to proceed with the reply to affidavit in the main matter, or to make an application before Yang Arif to set aside the ex parte order.

"I have consulted with my learned friend (deputy public prosecutor) Mustaffa P Kunyalam and we agreed that two weeks would be sufficient," Wan Aizuddin said.
Mustaffa then told the court that he had also been instructed to amend the notice of motion against Lokman, and that he would file the amendment before the next mention date for the case.
Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah then set Nov 22 as the case mention date.
Lokman has allegedly made contempt of court acts on two occasions on Sept 25.
Firstly, Lokman, through a video interview, allegedly uttered words constituting an express or implied threat against Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, the 8th witness in former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s ongoing RM2.28 billion case of abuse of power and money laundering related to 1MDB.
Secondly, Lokman is alleged to have lodged a police report against Amhari in respect of his testimony against Najib during the ongoing prosecution’s stage of the trial.
On Oct 22, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas obtained leave from the High Court to commence contempt proceedings against Lokman. - Mkini

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