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Lokman Adam seeks to set aside contempt proceeding against him

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 22): Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam is filing an application to set aside the leave obtained by Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Tommy Thomas to initiate committal proceeding against him for allegedly intimidating a witness in former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case.

Counsel Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee, representing Lokman Noor, told High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah during the case management today, that the application would be filed by next Friday.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Mustafa P. Kunyalam, acting on behalf of the AG, informed the court that the prosecution had served the amended notice of motion on the committal proceeding to the defence team this morning.

Following which, Justice Sequerah fixed Dec 6 for case management.

On Oct 22, Justice Sequerah granted leave for the AG to initiate committal proceeding against Lokman Noor for contempt of court acts perpetrated on two occasions on Sept 25.

In the application, the AG sought an order for Lokman Noor to be committed to prison or be fined for his actions.

The AG said that on that date (Sept 25) the respondent (Lokman Noor) in a video interview uttered words constituting an express or implied threat against the witness, Amhari Efendi, who was the special officer to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, for having given evidence against the accused in the criminal trial of public prosecutor against Najib at the High Court.

The AG said he would play the said video recording at the hearing of the application for leave and at the hearing of the substantive motion in the event leave is granted.

He said that on the same day, Lokman lodged the police report against Amhari Efendi, who was the eighth prosecution witness, in respect of the evidence given by him at Najib’s ongoing criminal trial.

The object or purpose of the respondent's said act was to harass and intimidate Amhari Efendi, other witnesses and any potential witnesses who may come forward to give evidence against the accused in the trial, said the AG.

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