| Fadley Faisal |
THE Chief Justice called for the admission of a Malaysian lawyer to the Brunei Darussalam Bar at the Brunei Darussalam Supreme Court building on Mile 1, Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha, yesterday.
The Attorney General did not object to the admission. Azril Anwar bin Haji Ahmad is now an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam after the call following a full revision of the counsel’s practising history by Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Haji Kifrawi bin Dato Paduka Haji Kifli.
Lawyer Roy Prabhakaran whose submissions were accepted by the Chief Justice, showed that the petitioner has a clean record in his eight years of practice in Malaysia which immediately precedes the petition.
The Chief Justice also ruled that the petitioner has not been charged with any offence and the Bar Council of Malaysia has certified that there is no pending disciplinary proceeding against the petitioner for professional misconduct.
Lawyer Eric Seow who appeared for the Law Society earlier objected to the admission as the petitioner was not truthful of his travel history or having lengthy practice in Malaysia when his travel records showed that he was in Brunei for lengthy periods of time as opposed to his claims.
The judgement states that the petitioner is married to a Bruneian woman and resides in Brunei but carries out his duties and executes tasks given to him by Messrs Mohd Hanapi Haron & Co in Malaysia from Brunei.
The petitioner also attends to clients and witnesses in Brunei and referred to legal work of matters arising in the said firm to work on in Brunei. The High Court of Malaya has also issued the petitioner Practising Certificate annually from 2006 to 2014.