18 May 2015

Epic battle looms in Rosli Dahlan’s MACC case

KUALA LUMPUR: The on-going legal action pitting practising lawyer Rosli Dahlan against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) continues in the Kuala Lumpur High Court today with senior partner of the law firm of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, Lambert Rasa-Ratnam testifying on Rosli’s behalf.
Lambert’s testimony, especially under cross-examination by MACC’s lead counsel Cecil Abraham, is something that many in the legal circles have been hotly anticipating recently.
Lambert is known to be the lawyer who advised the Bar Council in respect of a complaint preferred against Abraham by lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu.
According to Americk, Abraham had purportedly admitted to having drafted the late private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration in which Bala had, under circumstances which to date have remained unexplained, recanted allegations made by him in a statutory declaration affirmed just one day earlier in connection with the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder.
Interested observers have said that they are looking to see whether Abraham will ‘exact his pound of flesh’ and how.
Thus far, the court has heard the evidence of Rosli, former MACC adviser Robert Phang and former deputy public prosecutor Shamsul Sulaiman about how a criminal case taken out by the MACC against Rosli was allegedly a frame-up.
Rosli’s evidence was that MACC had deliberately arrested him in the most brutal and humiliating way at his office, detained him for one night and chargIng him in court just one day before Hari Raya. He claims that the entire episode was intended to destroy his reputation.
MA‎CC, for their part, have denied the allegations and have said that Rosli had been violent and abusive, allegations which Rosli claims have been fabricated.
The case is being heard before Justice Su Geok Yiam.
Other lawyers from the firm expected to testify on Rosli’s behalf include Ng Leong Huat and Kumar Kanagasingam.

Source : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/05/18/epic-battle-looms-in-rosli-dahlans-macc-case/

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