Cops question lawyer over claim of judicial interference in Karpal's sedition appeal

AUDREY VIJAINDREN

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have recorded a statement from lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla over claim of judicial interference in the outcome of late DAP stalwart, Karpal Singh’s sedition appeal two years ago.

Police spent about two hours interviewing him following a report lodged by Karpal’s daughter, Sangeet Kaur Deo, last week, a news portal reported today.

It stated that Haniff told the investigating police officer that he obtained the information from a source on Aug 20 but did not reveal details on the source.

"At this moment in time, I find it improper to disclose to police the source as it involved the integrity of the judiciary.

"I will divulge the source at the right forum if a special task force is formed to conduct a preliminary investigation or before a royal commission of inquiry (RCI)," he was quoted as saying in the news report.

Sangeet had lodged a report at Dang Wangi police headquarters on Aug 23 over claims that a senior judge had allegedly interfered with the outcome of her father's sedition appeal in 2016.

This followed media reports about claims made by Haniff that an unnamed judge reportedly meddled in the majority decision to allow Karpal's appeal and acquit him of the charge.

Karpal was charged with sedition for saying the removal of Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as Perak menteri besar by the late Perak Sultan, Sultan Azlan Shah, and the appointment of Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir in his place, could be questioned in court.

On Feb 21, 2014, the High Court found Karpal guilty, but he died in a road accident two months later.

On May 30, 2016, his conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

The majority, consisting of justices Mohtarudin Baki and Kamardin Hashim, however, allowed the late Karpal’s appeal on his RM4,000 fine, reducing it to RM1,800.

In the dissenting judgement, Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, however, ruled in favour of Karpal to set aside the conviction.

Karpal’s widow Gurmeet, who is acting for her husband’s estate, is appealing the conviction in the Federal Court. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd