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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 | MYT 1:21 PM

Former lawyer V.K. Lingam sentenced to six months' jail for contempt

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has sentenced Datuk V.K. Lingam to six months in jail after he was found guilty of contempt.

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, Justice Abu Samah Nordin, who chaired a five-man panel, said a warrant of committal would be issued against the former lawyer.

Other judges on the panel were Justices Ramly Ali, Azhar Mohamed, Balia Yusof Wahi and Jeffey Tan Kok Hwa.

Earlier, Senior Federal Counsel Alice Loke had applied for a custodial sentence as other respondents had come to court and apologised but Lingam had yet to present himself in court.

In the case, Lim Ah Eng, 88, and Doris See Siew Lian, in her 70s, who are minority shareholders of Kian Joo Can Factory Berhad (KJCF), were each fined RM100,000 each for contempt.

The legal dispute that led to the contempt proceedings in the case began in 2009 when the respondents went to the High Court after a rival company, Can-One International Sdn Bhd, won a tender to purchase a 32.9% stake in KJFC.

The respondents failed in the High Court to stop Can-One from acquiring the shares. However, the Court of Appeal reversed the decision.

The case was then taken to the Federal Court where a three-member panel of judges ruled in favour of the liquidators.

The respondents filed a review, citing plagiarism in the court's written judgment, which was dismissed by the Federal Court on May 22, 2013.