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Bar Council must respond to and account for the motion to condemn the Judiciary before Parliament

PRESS STATEMENT FROM G100

The Bar Council must respond to and account for the motion to condemn the Judiciary before Parliament

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12 March 2015

We, the G100, read with grave concern this report http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/…/opposition-motion-to-ce…/.

The G100 finds this statement highly contemptuous to the judiciary. One of the basis of the public opprobrium of the judiciary as stated in the statement is the reliance on the Bar Council’s misleading position as follows:

“The court decision was not ordinary, is not supported by law and is perverse in its logic,” the motion read.

The Bar Council, in an initial reaction, said Anwar was convicted of a victimless offence. In short, there’s no law for his offence. If there’s no law, there’s no crime.”

It is a duty of the Bar to clear the misconception in law and defend the judiciary against unfair, wrongful and/or malicious statements which brings the judiciary into disrepute. Failing so is a grievous dereliction of its duty as officers of the court.

We give the Bar Council by the end of today to respond failing which the current office bearers must be held to account for bringing the Bar Council and by extension the Malaysian Bar into disrepute. Their motto of pro rule of law and pro justice would only be seen as mere shameless propagandas.

We trust the Bar Council would do the needful.