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Court Sets Aside Ibrahim Ali’s Conviction For Contempt Of Court

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Although he had served a day’s jail, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali (pic) has accepted it in good faith, he said after his conviction for contempt of court was set aside by the Court of Appeal Wednesday.

“Thanks to God, because all the while I knew I was not guilty,” he told reporters after the court’s verdict.

Ibrahim said he had been held twice under the Internal Security Act.

A three-member panel led by Justice Datuk Abdul Wahab Patail allowed Ibrahim’s appeal to overturn the decision of the High Court which had found him guilty of contempt of court over a website post against retired High Court judge Datuk V.

T. Singham who presided over a defamation suit brought by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against Utusan Melayu and its editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak.

The other two judges on the Court of Appeal panel were Justices Datuk David Wong Dak Wah and Datuk Varghese George Varughese. The unanimous judgement was written by Justice Varghese and was read out in open court by deputy registrar Zaini Fishir alias Fisal.

In his judgement, Justice Varghese said the court was of the view that the High Court judge was clearly in error, in both fact and law, to hold that Ibrahim was in contempt. – Bernama

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