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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Chief Justice Zaki Azmi lied? bribe?

Chief Justice of Malaysia Zaki Azmi
Did Chief Justice Zaki Ahmad lied? Did the Chief Justice of Malaysia commit corruption by bribing court officials? According to New Straits Times November 8, Chief Justice Zaki Azmi at a conference in Kuching was quoted as saying:

"What I am telling you is not fiction but based on my own experience in private practice," he said at an integrity convention here.

Recalling an incident in 1987, Zaki said he was "blacklisted" when he complained to the chief registrar of two missing files belonging to his clients.

"It took me six months to be nice, to bribe each and every individual to get back into their good books before our files were being attended to.

"That was my personal experience, and I am telling this to all the clerks and all the registries to stop this nonsense and I know this is happening, even as late as last week... a lawyer came to see me."

He added that the clerk asked the lawyer to come the next day to collect the file after saying "tapi jangan lupa, ya", signalling him to come with cash.

Source: New Straits Times, Nov 8 2008: Stop it now, corrupt court staff warned

Zaki Azmi denied he made that statement. However, Karpal Singh claimed he have a recording of what Zaki Azmi said at the convention. If that is true, then the Chief Justice of Malaysia has committed 2 wrongs - bribery and lying.

Karpal Singh Lion of Gelugor

Karpal Singh has given Zaki Azmi one week to resign as the Chief Justice of Malaysia, failing which he would move a motion in Parliament against him under Article 127 of the federal constitution "for having misled the country with his so-called clarification". What will come out of this development? Let us wait one week.

Photos courtesy of Malaysiakini

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