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Lazar’s Response to Lingam

An outrageous lie, claims Lazar

KUALA LUMPUR: Calling it an attempt to discredit him, lawyer Robert Lazar hit out at Datuk V.K. Lingam for alleging that he had lobbied for a position as an appellate judge.

“It’s an outrageous lie,” the senior partner with Messrs Shearn Delamore & Co told the inquiry yesterday.

Lazar, 50, was given the chance to answer allegations made against him the previous day that he had sought Lingam’s help in arranging a meeting with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s son, Mirzan.

Lingam had told the inquiry that Lazar was “desperate” in wanting a seat at the Court of Appeal.

In his 20-minute testimony yesterday, a calm and collected Lazar said Lingam’s allegations were intended to discredit him during the inquiry.

“It was also an attempt to disqualify me as a representative of the Malaysian Bar in this inquiry. It was an attack on my credibility as a lawyer.”

Questioned by Malaysian Bar counsel Yeo Yang Poh, Lazar said he had no reason to abandon his career to seek a judicial post.

“At that time (in early 2000), I was 43 years old and had no reason to abandon my legal career of more than 20 years.”

He said the “request” to Lingam never arose in whatever manner.

Lingam had alleged he had a drink with Lazar when the latter allegedly asked him if he could ask Mirzan for the favour as Lingam was then representing the former premier’s son in a case.

“I categorically deny I had a drink with Lingam at any time,” said Lazar.

Lingam’s council, R. Thayalan, however, pressed on during cross-examination.

“I would suggest to you and based on Lingam’s sworn testimony that you had a drink at the Seng Nam Restaurant, here, where you asked him to speak to Dr Mahathir through Mirzan for the position.”

Lazar denied this, adding that the conversation did not take place.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 30th January 2008 (link)

Thayalan’s mention of Seng Nam Restaurant is interesting since it could mean that Lingam has some proof that the conversation took place. Somehow I don’t think this allegation against Lazar will come up again however, it was just an attack and nothing more. But wait, Lingam did achieve something with his slander:

  1. Wasted the RC’s time (the more time spent being sidetracked the better, I suspect they have an internal cut-off date)
  2. Wasted column inches in the newspapers
  3. Wasted my time documenting this accusation + denial

Written by ak57

January 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Posted in Lingam RC, Local News

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