KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 ― Several lawyers polled by Malay Mail have downplayed the effect of the criminal charges against high-profile lawyer Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah’s reputation, after his arrest by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
The lawyers also said that Shafee’s charges will not affect the cases involving his client ― embattled former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak ― who is himself facing a series of corruption, power abuse, and breach of trust charges.
“He is innocent until proven guilty… He will still be a practicing lawyer and thus can represent Najib,” lawyer Rajsurian Pillai told Malay Mail.
Echoing Rajsurian, lawyer Lim Wei Jiet added the bail granted by the court means Shafee can still represent Najib in the current proceedings, and any other cases involving 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
“Until he is convicted and sentenced to jail, he has the right to carry out his professional duties and to earn a livelihood as a lawyer,” he said.
Similarly, lawyer Surendra Ananth said Shafee may only be struck off the roll as an advocate if he is convicted, under Section 94 of the Legal Profession Act 1976.
Shafee pleaded not guilty yesterday to two counts of money laundering under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLA) 2001, the same law that was also used to charge Najib previously.
He was released on RM1 million bail.
Shafee is leading the defence team of former prime minister Najib, who is charged with money laundering, abuse and criminal breach of trust stemming from RM42 million transferred to his accounts from a former 1MDB subsidiary.
The private lawyer had been appointed by fiat to lead the prosecution of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy trial, which resulted in the latter’s conviction and five-year prison…
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