SHAH ALAM: The Coroner’s Court here has allowed the bid by Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s family to cite Attorney-General Tommy Thomas for contempt for allegedly interrupting the inquest proceeding on the fireman’s death.
Coroner Rofiah Mohamad said the family had proven a prima facie case against Thomas.
“Whether it was interference or scandalising (the court), it falls under the ambit of contempt.
“So it is fair for the AG to explain himself,” she said.
She also took note that the suggestion by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for lawyer Syazlin Mansor to be discharged from representing the housing and local government ministry had interrupted the inquest hearing.
She said the hearing was supposed to continue on May 27 with the ministry’s expert witness but that it had been aborted because Syazlin told the court she was discharging herself.
Case mention will be held on Sept 23.
Adib’s family had sought to cite Thomas for contempt, accusing the AG of interfering in the inquest into the late fireman’s death.
They also claimed that Thomas attempted to stop Syazlin from exercising her duty as a lawyer.
Syazlin had discharged herself from acting for the ministry but continued representing Adib’s family.
Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla represented the family today while senior federal counsel S Narkunavathy appeared for the AGC.
Haniff told reporters later that the family wants the AG to tender an apology in court and to them but has no intention of seeking a jail sentence for him.
Rofiah will deliver the court’s verdict on Adib’s death on Sept 27.