Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pakatan files motion to condemn Sodomy II judges

By Ram Adnan

PARLIAMENT A total of 63 Pakatan Rakyat MPs signed on an unprecedented motion in Parliament to condemn the three judges who heard Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's Sodomy 2 matter at the Court of Appeal.

This motion was filed according to Article 127 of the Federal Constitution, which states that only the Parliament can condemn the actions of the judiciary and will automatically appear in the Parliament order paper tomorrow as it fulfils the requirement of having at least 55 MPs (one quarter of the House) inking it.

"Before 2008, we would not have been able to do this because we did not have enough MPs to sign it," said PKR strategist Rafizi Ramli at a press conference at the Parliament lobby.

The motion, filed by PKR deputy president and Gombak MP Azmin Ali (left) on March 26, will automatically fulfil the 14-day requirement tomorrow, which happens to be the last day of sitting for this Parliament session.

However, whether the motion will be debated remains to be seen, as Rafizi said the motion can appear anywhere in the order paper and Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia can prioritise government affairs first.

A similar motion was pursued only one time before, in 2008, when DAP supremo Karpal Singh moved a motion to condemn statements made by former chief justice Zaki Azmi, who admitted to bribing court officials.

That motion was not debated but appeared in the order paper.

"But this is much more serious than the previous motion," said PKR's Subang MP R Sivarasa.

Anwar was found guilty of sodomy by the Appellate Court in March 7, and was sentenced to jail for five years, overturning a High Court judgement which acquitted him previously.

The three judges named in the motion were Justice Aziah Ali, Balia Yusuf Wahi and Mohd Zawawi Salleh.

Rafizi said the motion would serve as a reminder to the judges that their conduct are being scrutinised and observed.

"Even if this is not debated, the fact that it is on the order paper will put it on parliamentary record.

"In the future, there will be many more such similar motions, and our Hansard will be filled with motions to reprimand conduct of the judges," he added.
~ Malaysiakini

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