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Official Response, Step 2

Panel to complete video clip probe ‘within weeks’

PUTRAJAYA: A three-member independent panel has been formed to investigate the controversial video clip of a lawyer allegedly brokering judicial appointments with a senior judge.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday the decision to establish the panel was made after discussions with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in view of the widespread perception that the standing of the judiciary was at stake.

“The decision was made as the allegations and speculations arising from the video clip cast doubt on the integrity and credibility of the judicial system.

“There is a general concern among the citizenry in that they want to be satisfied with the integrity of the judiciary,” Najib said at a press conference in his office yesterday.

The panel members are chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, a former chief judge of Malaya, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, National Service Training Council chairman, and Datuk Mahadev Shankar, an ex-judge of the Court of Appeal.

..(cut)…Najib said the panel would only investigate the authenticity of the video clip.

“It will be a full inquiry in that the panel will launch the necessary investigation, analyse the evidence, whether it is an authentic recording, and anything to do with the recording.”

The panel will report to the government and the findings will be made public. ..(cut)..

– quoted from an article published in NST on 26th September 2007 (link)

Ah it looks like the government is getting back on track for the plan I outlined earlier. I can’t comment on the three gentlemen appointed to this panel but since this was formed by the government instead of the impartial Royal Commission as requested by the Bar Council and Opposition I have to assume they are at least two-thirds ‘sympathetic’ to government views.

‘Within weeks’? That is interesting, such a promise only indicates that the outcome is already known – looks like VK Lingam will be a scapegoat after all. The repeated mention of ‘authenticity’ of the video clip would imply that the meaning of the word is subject to interpretation. Let me provide two possible interpretations :

Authenticity – if found authentic, all the allegations about the fixing of judicial appointments and case verdicts are true and steps will be taken to clean house.

Authenticity – if found authentic, the video IS a recording of VK Lingam and not an imposter, he is guilty of smearing the judiciary’s good name and legal action will be taken against him. Case closed.

So is the panel investigating the video, or the allegations? I think its the video 😉

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Written by ak57

September 26, 2007 at 4:48 pm

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