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Suaram’s lawyer Bourdon back here on Nov 22

 | November 7, 2012

The French lawyer will also address Malaysian MPs in Parliament on Nov 22.

KUALA LUMPUR: Suaram’s France-based lawyer William Bourdon will arrive in Malaysia by Nov 22, 16 months after he was deported by the authorities.

PKR MPs R Sivarasa (Subang) and Tian Chua (Batu) revealed this by producing a Oct 29 letter addressed from Bourdon to their defacto leader, Anwar Ibrahim.

The letter read: “I, William Bourdon, hereby confirm that I am willing to travel to KL before Nov 22 to answer the invitation of Mr Anwar Ibrahim, received on Oct 2 regarding the ‘Scorpion [Scorpene] case’ in France.”

The two MPs added that Bourdon would also brief MPs in one of the meeting rooms in Parliament on Nov 22, though not within the Dewan Rakyat itself.

With this in tow, they petitioned Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein not to deport Bourdon.

This sentiment was made known in a letter to the minister by Anwar, who cited Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz’s willingness to allow Bourdon in, as reported in a previous FMT article.

In the letter, Anwar said that he would inform Parliament and Barisan Nasional Backbenchers’ Club (BNBBC) as soon as he received confirmation from the Home Minister in writing.

Bourdon, who was hired by Suaram to investigate the Scorpene case, was deported to Paris after he spoke at an “Ops Scorpene” fundraising dinner in Penang in July 2011.

In April this year, the Tribunal de Grand Instance in Paris began its inquiry into Suaram’s claim that French naval firm DCNS had paid some RM452 million as a bribe to Malaysian officials to obtain a contract for two submarines. Suaram had filed the complaint with the French courts in 2009.

Sivarasa said: “We plead to the Home Minister not to put any obstacles, and allow MPs from both sides to hear what Suaram’s lawyer has to say about developments over the investigation.”

The PKR MPs added that DCNS’s lawyers were also invited to meet with Malaysian MPs, though they admitted that they had not briefed them on the exact date.


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