May 16 hearing for bid to cite Umno’s Tengku Adnan for contempt of court

Ida Lim
Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdullah said his clients filed the application yesterday evening against Tengku Adnan’s remarks amid a lawsuit seeking Umno’s dissolution. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — The High Court here has fixed May 16 to hear an application to start contempt of court proceedings against Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, a lawyer said today.

Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdullah said his clients filed the application yesterday evening against Tengku Adnan’s remarks amid a lawsuit seeking Umno’s dissolution.

He said Tengku Adnan’s comments could amount to contempt of court.

“To us, that is an action that is like pulling the carpet from under the feet of those who stand in court so that they will fall.

“That in itself is an interference with the process of the court,” Haniff told reporters when met at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

Haniff represents 16 then-Umno members who last Friday filed a lawsuit to have Umno declared invalid and dissolved, over the latter’s alleged breach of its own party constitution by postponing party elections beyond the maximum permitted period.

But Tengku Adnan had the next day announced that all 16 of them had automatically lost their Umno party membership, due to the party constitution which prohibits members from bringing party matters to court.

In the ex parte application for leave to initiate contempt proceedings against Tengku Adnan, the 16 described his declaration of the termination of their party membership as an attempt to cause their lawsuit to fail.

In court documents filed yesterday, the 16 claimed that Tengku Adnan’s comments would be prejudicial for a case that has yet to even be heard by the courts.