Tough road ahead for Bar challenge against chief justice

Bede Hong

Malaysian Bar president George Varughese (second from right) at a press conference after its extraordinary general meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The Bar intends to file a legal challenge against Chief Justice Raus Sharif’s term extension. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, August 4, 2017.

DESPITE a strong mandate from Malaysian Bar members to mount a challenge, the legal journey to overturn Chief Justice Raus Sharif’s term extension will be fraught with conflict-of-interest challenges, said constitutional experts.

Raus is due to be officially sworn in tonight as an additional judge and remain as the chief justice, a day after the Bar voted overwhelmingly at an emergency general meeting (EGM) in support of a no-confidence motion against Raus’ and Court of Appeal president Zuklefli Ahmad Makinudin’s term extensions.

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