PUTRAJAYA: Former Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam has sent representations to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) over his conviction and one-month jail term for intimidating Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, a key witness in Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial.
Lokman’s lawyer Shafee Abdullah told a three-member Federal Court bench chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Zabidin Diah that the representations were sent to the AGC yesterday.
He then applied for a short postponement to allow the AGC to consider the representations.
Deputy public prosecutor Dusuki Mokhtar did not object to the adjournment as the AGC needed time to peruse the matter.
Zabidin, together with Justices Zabariah Yusof and Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal, had been scheduled to hear Lokman’s final appeal from the conviction and sentence.
The court fixed Feb 14 for the prosecution to inform it of the outcome of the representations. If denied, the appeal will proceed on that date.
Outside court, Shafee said: “The representations were sent for the AGC to look into the matter differently based on instructions.”
Lokman’s conviction and sentence, made by the High Court in 2021, was affirmed by the Court of Appeal on Oct 26 last year.
Justice Che Ruzima Ghazali said Lokman had disrupted the administration of justice by making a police report and issuing a media statement while the trial was ongoing.
Also on the panel were Justices Kamaludin Said and Nordin Hassan, now a Federal Court judge.
On Sept 29, 2019, Lokman lodged a police report challenging Amhari’s credibility as a witness.
While on the witness stand, Amhari had admitted to receiving a US$200,000 loan from fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low.
Amhari was Najib’s former special officer.
On the same day, Lokman read out a statement to the press. The video included an interview during which he was said to have attacked the integrity of the attorney-general.
Ruzima said Lokman’s intention to disrespect the court could also be seen in his conduct.
On Oct 22, 2019, High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed then attorney-general Tommy Thomas to initiate committal proceedings against Lokman.
The prosecution submitted that, apart from threatening the witness and other potential witnesses, Lokman’s comments about Amhari had undermined the administration of justice.
Najib, 67, faces four charges of abusing his position to obtain gratification totalling RM2.3 billion in 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same amount. The trial is ongoing.
On July 15, 2021, Sequerah sentenced Lokman to a month’s jail after finding him guilty of contempt, but allowed a stay provided that Lokman post a RM3,000 bond in one surety.