Motion to censure Shafee at Bar Council AGM withdrawn after injunction served

A motion to censure Umno lawyer Mohd Shafee Abdullah at the Bar Council’s annual general meeting today has been withdrawn after he obtained a court injunction yesterday. Free Malaysia Today reports:


“We have been served the injunction, we abide by the terms. The motion will not be tabled,” outgoing Bar Council president Christopher Leong was quoted as saying this morning, before the AGM was held.

Shafee had named senior lawyer Tommy Thomas and former appeal court judge VC George, who had tabled the motion, and Leong as respondents.

His application was heard in chambers by judge Asmabi Mohamad of the Special Powers and Appellate Division, which mainly handles judicial review cases, after it was filed at the civil registry.

The matter will be heard in court on March 27.

The censure motion is for Shafee to be brought before the Bar’s disciplinary board‎ for taking part in a series of public ceramah after the conviction and jailing of oppostion leader Anwar Ibrahim on a sodomy charge, for revealing evidence that was heard in camera, and for holding press conferences criticising Anwar after his conviction.

Thomas and George said Shafee’s actions violated five professional rules on etiquette.