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Lingam RC Terms of Reference

Lingam video inquiry starts Jan 14

KUALA LUMPUR: The Commission of Inquiry formed to investigate the Lingam video clip will sit for two weeks from Jan 14 next year and it will be in open court.Chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor said the commission would investigate whether there was misconduct by anyone identified in the video clip.

“We will begin our investigations on Jan 14, when we will call the first witness,” he said yesterday after the commission held its first meeting.

Two senior deputy public prosecutors will prepare a list of witnesses who the commission could call.

They are Datuk Nordin Hassan, the Anti-Corruption Agency’s prosecution division chief, and Datuk Azmi Ariffin, the head of the commercial crime division in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Haidar said Nordin and Azmi could propose up to 30 witnesses, but “maybe 10 would be called”.

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Some of the commission’s terms of reference are:

– to ascertain the truth of the content of the conversation in the video clip;

– to determine whether any act of misbehaviour had been committed by the person or persons identified or mentioned in the video clip; and,

– to recommend any appropriate action to be taken against the person or persons identified or mentioned in the video clip should such person or persons be found to have committed any misbehaviour

– quoted from an article published in NST on 19th December 2007 (link)

Just wanted to note the terms of reference – as expected it won’t result in any change in the selection of judges, at best VK Lingam gets some form of punishment. I am expecting the Royal Commission to call up VK Lingam, Fairuz, Mahathir and the various judges mentioned as well as any other higher-ups officially involved in the selection of judges for promotion. Most likely they will deny allegations of corruption or give an, “I don’t recall” type of excuse as popularised most recently by Alberto Gonzales (former AG of USA). Time to grab the popcorn and watch the drama unfold 🙂

Update:

Additional terms of reference from an article published in NST on 14th January 2008 (link)
– To ascertain the authenticity of the video clip.
– To identify the speaker, the person he was speaking to in the video clip and the persons mentioned in the conversation.

Authenticity again? Sigh.

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Written by ak57

December 19, 2007 at 10:39 pm

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