AG appeals order on contempt proceedings filed by Adib’s family

Adib’s family claims Tommy Thomas attempted to stop Syazlin Mansor, the former lawyer of the housing and local government ministry, from exercising her duty as a lawyer in the inquest.

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers has filed an appeal against the ruling by the Coroner’s Court allowing Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s family to cite Tommy Thomas for contempt for allegedly interrupting the inquest proceeding into the fireman’s death.

Lawyer Abi Mursyidin Awal, representing the family in the contempt case, said the AG’s Chambers had filed a notice of appeal on Aug 29, two days after the decision of the Coroner’s Court.

“The appeal will be fixed for further mention before High Court judicial commissioner Meor Hashim Abdul Hamid on Sept 23,” he said.

Abi said he would seek the family‘s instruction on the next course of action.

Last month, the Shah Alam Coroner’s Court allowed Adib’s family to cite Thomas for contempt on claims he had interrupted the fireman’s inquest.

The court said the family had proven a prima facie case against the AG and he should explain himself.

Adib’s family claimed Thomas had attempted to stop Syazlin Mansor, the former lawyer of the housing and local government ministry, from exercising her duty as a lawyer in the inquest.

Thomas previously issued a statement saying Syazlin was in a conflict of interest position when she agreed to act for the ministry as well as Adib’s family, which had a direct interest in the inquest.

Syazlin later discharged herself from representing the ministry but continued representing Adib’s family.

Adib, 24, died at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Dec 17, 2018, following injuries sustained during a riot outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya on Nov 27.