Parliamentarians should not be barred from discussing active cases in other countries as the sub judice rule only applied locally, Tengku Razaleigh Tengku Hamzah argued today.
The Umno lawmaker commonly called Ku Li said discussing such matters in Dewan Rakyat would have no bearing on cases or investigations elsewhere.
“If the matter is before our courts, yeah then of course (it is sub judice).
“(But) if it is somewhere in Timbuktu, I don’t think you can stop (MPs) from raising (it) because it doesn’t interfere,” Tengku Razaleigh told reporters when met outside the Parliament lobby today.
The Gua Musang MP was commenting on Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia’s decision to excuse ministers from responding to questions related to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit to seize assets linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Pandikar last month said that any debate on the matter here as well as answers to questions given by ministers might be used by US lawyers during trial there.
He also claimed that such discussions would be considered sub judice, a claim that opposition lawmakers and a former Court of Appeal judge have since disputed.
Source -Malay Mail Online-