CBC trial judge files police report against blog for ‘disparaging’ article

PETALING JAYA: A senior judge has filed a complaint against a blog over a recent article that he says denigrated its reputation.

“This office refers to an article written by Raja Petra Kamarudin titled ‘Judge Mohd Nazlan under investigation for an unexplained amount of RM1 million in his bank account’ dated April 20, 2022, which was published by Malaysia Today blog.

“A police report has been filed by Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali,” the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia said in a statement on Thursday (April 21st).

Mohd Nazlan was the judge who sentenced former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for embezzling RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd funds.

The statement added that Mohd Nazlan denied the charges which he described as malicious, baseless and aimed at tarnishing his credibility as a judge.

“The police report has also been drawn up for investigation under Section 500 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, including other related provisions,” says the press release.

Those convicted under Section 500 of criminal libel face a maximum prison sentence of two years or a fine, or both.

Section 233 covers misuse of network facilities or network services which results in a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to one year or both if convicted.

The statement noted that the Office of the Chief Registrar takes these accusations and comments seriously.

He reminded the public that the charges against the judiciary are a violation of the principle of sub judice, made with the intention of interfering with cases that are still being heard in court.

The police have been urged to conduct an immediate investigation to maintain public confidence in the country’s judicial institution while ensuring that the administration of justice can be properly carried out.

Amanda J. Marsh