Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Probe into Eusoff Chin’s NZ holiday completed-but has not AG pre-judged the matter?

As reported in THE STAR, 4 December 2008:

The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) has completed its probe into former Chief Justice of the Federal Court Tun Eusoff Chin’s holiday trip with lawyer V.K. Lingam in New Zealand.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz, in his written reply to Wee Choo Keong (PKR–Wangsa Maju), said the investigation papers had been sent to the Attorney-General’s office for a decision and that the A-G was studying the case.

However, readers will recall:
No criminal offence appears to have been committed in a video recording of a telephone conversation between a well-known lawyer and senior judge allegedly discussing appointments to the Bench, the attorney-general said.

Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, however, said he was "getting further opinion on the matter and studying other information in the video clip".

Responding to the video released by Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday, Gani said the lawyer was in a monologue over his mobile phone and it was unclear who he was talking to.

"There is no clear reference that he was talking to a top judicial officer," he said.

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