Lawyer threatens to sue IGP over remarks on SD

Lawyer Americk Sidhu, who is counsel for the brother of murdered deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais, has threatened to file a defamation suit against the Inspector-General of Police over a statutory declaration (SD) he had prepared for his client Charles Morais.

The lawyer said the IGP’s statement was clearly defamatory.

“These comments are clearly defamatory of me and I am presently in consultation with my lawyers on my legal options in this respect,” he said in a statement today.

Americk said this in response to Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement in The New Straits Times today that the lawyer had a bad reputation when it came to SD’s.

Khalid said this was not the first time his client has disappeared after making an SD.

The top cop was referring to Charles who had left for the United States on Thursday after releasing a SD that Kevin’s murder has some link with the preparation of a charge sheet to prosecute a highly-placed political leader for corruption.

Kevin was in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, after he returned from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, at the time of his abduction on September 4.

In 2008, Americk had prepared the first SD for private investigator P. Balasubramaniam which implicated Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and several others in the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The next day, Balasubramaniam was coerced into signing a second declaration and retracting the first sworn statement.

He and his family left the country and returned in 2013 but Balasubramaniam died of a heart attack soon after.

Khalid was reported as saying the police wanted to know why Charles had selected Americk to represent him.

The IGP said as a court official, Americk had a responsibility for his client and was answerable to questions pertaining to the SD.

Americk today said this time, his client, Charles, had the choice of “disappearing” voluntarily.

The lawyer added that a person had the fundamental right to be represented by counsel of his choice and that this was embodied in Article 5 of the Federal Constitution.

Americk said Charles was responsible for himself because he was a grown-up.

“I didn’t affirm it. The person answerable for the contents of the SD is my client because he declared those contents to be true… not me,” he said.

However, Americk said it would be comforting to know that the IGP was investigating the allegations made by Charles.

“Perhaps the IGP may want to reassure us that he is.”

Lawyer threatens to sue IGP over remarks on SD
30 November 2015 – TMI


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