Sep 26, 2007

Independant Panel

The story:-

Panel to get appointment letters today

KUALA LUMPUR: The three-man panel formed to determine the authenticity of a controversial video clip implicating a senior lawyer brokering the appointments of judges will receive their appointment letters today.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will present the letters to them at his office in Putrajaya.

The three are former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, who heads the panel, National Service Council chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar.

Haidar, when contacted yesterday, said the panel would get a clearer picture of their scope of duties and powers after meeting Najib.

The panel’s terms of reference include conducting a full inquiry, analysing evidence and making a conclusion on the video tape.

It is understood that the panel met informally yesterday.

The eight-minute video shows a man purported to be a senior lawyer talking on his handphone with a Datuk who is alleged to be a senior judge.

Beating around the Bush

Just a thought – how independence this independent panel is going to be? Or was it created quickly to muzzle out the strong reaction to the leaked video controversy?

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