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Sodomy 2 cop’s bid to practise law delayed

 | July 18, 2016

The Court of Appeal found Jude Pereira did not comply with the High Court's order to attend eight hours of human rights classes.

anwarcourtPUTRAJAYA: Former Sodomy 2 investigating officer Jude Blacious Pereira will have to wait longer to know if he can start legal practice.

A three judge panel of the Federal Court postponed on Monday the hearing for leave by the former policeman to challenge last year’s Court of Appeal’s decision that he did not comply with the High Court’s order to attend eight hours of a human rights course organised by the Bar Committee.

Lawyer for the Bar Council, Malik Imtiaz, Sarwar told the panel led by Court of Appeal president Justice Raus Sharif, that the grounds of judgment by the appeals court which allowed the Bar Council to overturn the High Court’s decision to admit Pereira was not out yet. The High Court had been satisfied that he attended a human rights course by the United Nations.

“Get the grounds from the Court of Appeal,” said Justice Raus.

He also fixed September 20 as the next hearing date for leave over two appeals. The Court of Appeal found Pereira did not comply with the High Court’s order to attend eight hours of human rights classes. The Bar Council’s appeal is over his admission as an Advocate and Solicitor.

The lawyers association objected to his petition to admit him as a lawyer. It cited a Suhakam report on a case involving five lawyers who were arrested during a 2009 candlelight vigil. Suhakam found Pereira to be a dishonest person.

Pereira filed his first petition to become a lawyer on July 23, 2012, after retiring in the same year.

The High Court in December 17 allowed him to be called to the Bar on condition that he attended human rights programmes organised by the Bar Council’s human rights committee.



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