Admittance to Anwar Trial

November 2, 1998

The Bar Council wishes to express its regret over the refusal of officials to give its representatives admittance to the trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim this morning. It is a basic procedure that a body or person proposing to hold a watching brief should first be given admittance to the Court-room in order that they could apply to the Judge to be placed on record. In this regard, the Bar Council had written to the Court last week of its intended appearance. The application for the watching brief in this instance had to be made this morning by one of the defence lawyers, and reportedly was refused by the Judge.

However, the Bar Council Secretariat has since been notified by the Court Registry late this afternoon that two representatives of the Bar Council will be given admittance to the trial tomorrow.

The Bar Council wishes to state that its intended presence at the trial is as the sole representative of the practising lawyers in the country duty-bound to be concerned with the administration of justice in matters of public importance.

Dated : 2 November 1998

Dato' Dr. Cyrus Das, President, Malaysian Bar

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