20 September, 2007

Our Media's shrunken balls on Lingam Video

Anwar releases clip of 'judgments being fixed'

PETALING JAYA: Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday alleged that a senior lawyer, discussed with a top member of the judiciary, how to "fix the judgments" of several cases.
He released an eight-minute video clip of the lawyer speaking to the senior judge on the phone, which purportedly took place in 2002.

Anwar alleged that the lawyer, who was embroiled in several controversies before, had liaison with several Chief Justices of the Federal Court since 1994.

"This, I believe, had reason to influence the outcome in a number of judicial proceedings," Anwar said.

Among the matters discussed in the video were the appointment of a top position in the judiciary and which judges should be appointed to hear certain cases.
The two also discussed cases involving Anwar, a former DAP stalwart, a tycoon, a minister and several senior judicial officials.

Anwar declined to divulge the source of the video, saying he wanted to protect the whistle-blower.

He said he would lodge reports with the Anti-Corruption Agency and the Bar Council and submit a memorandum to the Council of Rulers, urging them to set up a tribunal to investigate the allegations.

The Bar Council has called for an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss the matter.

In a statement, chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan said the council was appalled at the allegations and described the video clip as "shocking".

Noting that rumours and allegations of such machinations had been rife since the judicial crisis in 1988, she said immediate and urgent action must be taken, including a Royal Commission of Inquiry be set up.

From, The Star:

In a fix over naming of judges

PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has released a video recording it obtained recently implicating a prominent lawyer purportedly brokering the appointment of judges.

The video clip shows the lawyer on the phone, seen and heard talking to someone who appears to be a very senior judge.

The shaky video with clear audio seems to have been recorded with a mobile phone without the knowledge of the lawyer.

Speaking at a press conference, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the video was taken in 2002 when the judge concerned was already in a high post.

He said the video had come into PKR’s possession only “very recently”, when a source who wanted to remain anonymous came forward and gave it to the party.

“I have met him (the source). But he wants to remain anonymous to protect his position and for security reasons,” he added.

Anwar said the source had disclosed that the video was taken at the lawyer’s home.

The video shows the lawyer talking about how he had supposedly helped get the judge appointed to the top judiciary posts through a prominent businessman and a politician, both of whom were close to the then Prime Minister.

The lawyer also speaks about how he was working through the same two contacts to get the judge elevated to higher positions.

The lawyer also named a number of prominent judges in the video.

The video is 14 minutes and 16 seconds long but PKR edited it to 8 minutes and 26 seconds to protect the identity of the source.

Anwar said PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa, who is also a lawyer, would lodge a report on the matter with the Anti-Corruption Agency and Bar Council as soon as possible, with the videotape as evidence.

He also said PKR president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would seek an audience with the Conference of Rulers on the matter.

Members of the media were also given copies of the edited videotape and the transcript.

When contacted, Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said he and his officers had viewed the video clip, reports SHAILA KOSHY.

“We are studying it at the moment. I will reserve my comments until then on what we will do.”

Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan said they were appalled and disturbed by the clip, which “shows a lawyer apparently ‘fixing’ judicial appointments with a senior judge”.

She said there would be an emergency council meeting tomorrow. She also called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the matter.

As you can see...the name of the lawyer is not mentioned in both reports although in the press release given by Anwar gave the name out clearly. Also all other names mentioned in the video are not stated in the reports. Just subtle clues are given.

However Today Online gives out the name very clearly....

Anwar's video 'exposé'
Shows clip purportedly linking judge to 'appointment fixing'

THE integrity of Malaysia's judiciary has come under the spotlight once again after former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim made public a video purportedly linking a senior judge to an "appointment fixing" scandal.
The eight-minute video clip purportedly showed prominent lawyer V K Lingam discussing the appointment of judges on his mobile phone.
Supposedly filmed in 2002, the video — posted on Youtube, Malaysiakini and Keadilan's websites — was cut down from over 14 minutes to "protect its source". Mr Anwar, Keadilan's de facto leader, also showed the video to the media at a press conference at his office in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
In the clip, Mr Lingam was heard telling the other person at the other end of the line: "No, don't worry Datuk … We want to make sure our friends are there for the sake of the Prime Minister and the sake of the country."
Other well-known names mentioned in the phone conversation included a business tycoon and several prominent judges.
Mr Anwar told reporters: "This video recording implicates the highest office of judiciary ... It is mentioned in the context of a conspiracy to influence the appointment of senior judges and pervert the cause of justice ... In view of this, we have reasons to believe that whatever had transpired in this exchange in 2002 had some bearing on the outcomes in a number of judicial proceedings, including mine."
Mr Anwar, who was sacked as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998, spent six years in jail after he was convicted of sodomy and corruption charges. The sodomy conviction was later overturned but the corruption verdict still stands.
Responding to queries from Today on his next move, Mr Anwar said Keadilan would file a special appeal with the Conference of Rulers, which comprises the country's sultans, to assume their "constitutional roles" and take appropriate action. He also said that his party would be lodging a report with the Anti-Corruption Agency and the Bar Council.
In a statement yesterday, the Bar Council asked for an official investigation to be made into the video. Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan said: "With the emergence of this video clip, the concerns expressed by various quarters in relation to the judiciary can no longer be swept aside."
— additional information from AFP

Clearly our local media here are tongue tied to reveal any specific details. Why? Scared is it? No balls?

To watch both the Lingam video and press release click here.

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