On October 11, The Malaysian Insiders reported the President of the Young Journalists Club, Dzulkarnain Taib claiming SUARAM misrepresented itself as a plaintiff to a French inquiry of the multi-billion Scorpene submarine deal.
He alleged SUARAM lied to the public in Malaysia when they claimed to have been accepted or recognised as ‘civil party’ (plaintiff).
A court document “No du Parquet:1115196025 and No Instruction: 2292/12/4” dated March 13 this year, signed by the French judiciary, had rejected SUARAM as plaintiff for the Scorpene inquiry. It means that Scorpene case raised by SUARAM has been thrown out by the French court since March 2012.
SUARAM’s lawyers had applied for the human rights watchdog to be made a “joint civil party” (joint plaintiff) together with the International Federation for Human Rights, based on a court document “No Parquet: 1115106025 and No Instruction: 20F/11/52” dated March 16 this year.
The French judiciary have yet to decide on whether to allow SUARAM to be a joint plaintiff over the inquiry into the Scorpene deal.
Law firm supply false info
In the meanwhile, Bernama yesterday reported Members of Parliamanet, Wee Choo Keong claiming that a law firm in Kuala Lumpur had furnished false information on SUARAM to lawyers in France.
In a letter, it had stated that Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) was a registered organisation under Suara Inisiatif Sendirian Berhad (SISB).
He further alleged that this law firm appears to have a grand design to tarnish our country's image. However, he questioned why there has been no legal action against Suaram despite the investigation on the NGO which started a month ago.
Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob then replied that his Ministry was informed the Attorney-General (AG) had wanted to obtain a report from the Registrar of Societies first. The AG wants to prove monies received by SISB was channeled to Suaram.