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Monday, May 10, 2021

High Court orders Zico to hand over documents to Zaid


The High Court in Kuala Lumpur today granted former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zaid Ibrahim’s application to obtain documents from legal firm Zaid Ibrahim & Co (Zico) for his civil action against the law firm's partners.

Bernama reported that Zaid’s counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar said the decision was delivered by judge Akhtar Tahir via the Zoom application.

The lawyer said the court allowed his client’s application for pre-action discovery, with RM3,000 in costs.

“The court said that the legal conditions were satisfied. Therefore, the court ordered Zico to hand over the documents in seven days from today.

“However, former attorney-general Tommy Thomas, who was acting for the defendants, sought a stay order against the discovery of documents pending an appeal by the law firm.

“Thomas’ application was granted on condition that a formal application be filed by May 19,” Malik said via a WhatsApp message.

The defendants are the firm’s executive chairperson Nik Norzrul Thani Nik Hassan Thani, its former managing partner Chew Seng Kok and Zico.

In a statement later, Zico said the court has also granted a stay on the discovery order, while the firm would appeal against it.

On April 20 this year, Zico objected to the discovery application filed by Zaid for documents from the law firm, saying he was not entitled to these documents.

In December last year, Zaid filed the discovery application to obtain the documents from Nik Norzrul Thani, Chew and the firm relating to his suit against Zico.

On Nov 24 last year, Zaid filed the writ of summons and statement of claim against Zico to stop the firm from using his name in legal practice and to demand the return of the firm’s name. - Mkini

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