Ibrahim Ali, blogger jailed in contempt case

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali (pic) was sentenced to one day in jail and fined RM20,000 after being held in contempt by the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.

This was over an article by blogger Zainuddin Salleh published in the Perkasa website, which had allegedly tarnished the image of High Court judge Datuk V.T. Singham.

Singham had presided over a defamation suit by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd.

High Court judge Datuk John Louis O’Hara today also sentenced Zainuddin to four weeks’ jail, leaving both Ibrahim and Zainuddin in shock when the verdict and sentencing were read out.

In an immediate response, Anwar’s lawyer, R. Sivarasa, said this was a fair verdict given the seriousness of the act, where the duo were responsible for the publication of the article which he described as a “personal and scurrilous attack on judge Singham”.

“This article could not have been let off without a response. This is the most extreme scurrilous written attack on the judiciary. I think Zainuddin can consider himself lucky he only got four weeks’ jail.

“In comparison, the imam who threw his shoes at the judge got 12 months’ jail,” Sivarasa said.

He was referring to the case of Hoslan Hussin, the imam who flung his shoes at the Federal Court bench in February last year after it struck out his bid to challenge an eviction order from a city mosque here in 1999 on a technicality.

According to Sivarasa, in his judgment today, O’Hara ruled that Zainuddin had written and published an article that scandalised the judiciary, and judge Singham, in particular.

Ibrahim Ali, blogger jailed in contempt case
November 19, 2013 – TMI


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