Police questioning of Anwar lawyers
October 6, 1998
|The Bar Council confirms that it
has sent an official letter of concern to the Inspector General of Police
and also called for a dialogue following complaints it has received from
several lawyers of being called up by the Police to Bukit Aman to give
statements under the Criminal Procedure Code in criminal cases they are
presently handling. A number of lawyers acting in the series of criminal
cases involving the former Deputy Prime Minister and related persons have
been called by the Police to give statements.
The Bar Council is concerned that there should be no disregard of the right of lawyers to practice their profession without prejudice.
It is the fundamental right of the legal profession to practice freely and without interference. The Bar Council views the complaints with concern and will take all the appropriate steps to defend the rights of lawyers to carry out their profession without let or hindrance.
Dated: 6 October 1998
Dr. Cyrus V Das, President, Malaysian Bar