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Shafee obtains fresh injunction against Malaysian Bar

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 (Bernama) -- Senior lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has obtained a fresh injunction to prevent the Malaysian Bar from questioning his conduct surrounding Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy appeal.

His lawyer Datuk Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin said the ex-parte injunction granted by Justice Datuk Asmabi Mohamad was an ad-interim order, pending disposal of an inter-parte injunction application to be heard on May 13.

An earlier injunction which Muhammad Shafee obtained on March 13 would be expiring on April 3.

Other than the Bar, he had named three others, former Bar president Christopher Leong, former Court of Appeal judge Tan Sri V. C. George and lawyer Tommy Thomas as defendants in the injunction.

"The fresh injunction is to preserve the status quo of my client's ex-parte injunction," Kamarul Hisham told reporters today.

He said the court would also hear the defendants' application to set aside the injunction on May 13.

The inter-parte application had been fixed for hearing today but was postponed to allow the defendants time to reply to the plaintiff's affidavit. Muhammad Shafee had sought the injunction to restrain the defendants from tabling, discussing and moving a "Motion Against Shafee Abdullah" dated Feb 28, 2015, at the Bar's 69th AGM on March 14 and from the date henceforth.

The plaintiff was appointed by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail by fiat (authorisation) to conduct the appeal against Anwar at the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

The appointment was provided for under Section 376(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code and Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution.

Counsel Lambert Rasaratnam and Andrew Chiew represented the Bar and Leong, while Porres Royan, for V. C. George, and Datuk S. Ambiga, for Tommy.


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