Lawyer cleared of criminal intimidation against fellow counsel

Lawyer A Suayri (right) thanks his counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik after the Court of Appeal ruling today.

PUTRAJAYA: A lawyer today won his final appeal before the appellate court for a charge of criminal intimidation against a fellow counsel during a Selangor Bar dinner six years ago.

A three-member bench chaired by Kamaludin Md Said ruled that the conviction of A Suayri was not safe.

Kamaludin, who was joined on the bench by P Ravinthran and Ahmad Nasfy Yasin, said the court had found merit in the appeal after hearing submissions and going through the appeal records.

“The conviction is set aside,” he said.

Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said the magistrate had erred as he did not consider Suayri’s defence.

“This is a breach of the legal requirement under Section 173 (m)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Code,” he told the bench.

The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor Tetralina Ahmed Fauzi.

On Oct 5, 2017, the Magistrate’s Court in Petaling Jaya sentenced Suayri, then 59, to nine months in jail. It also fined him RM10,000 for the offence.

Suayri was said to have threatened fellow lawyer Suraj Singh with grievous hurt or death at the Lake View Club in SS12, Subang Jaya at 11.25pm on May 24, 2014.

The prosecution called eight witnesses to the stand during the trial, while the defence called six witnesses including the accused.

The High Court also dismissed Suayri’s appeal two years ago.

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