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VK Lingam sentenced to jail for contempt

The Federal Court has sentenced lawyer VK Lingam to six months’ jail for contempt over claims of plagiarism. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaThe Federal Court has sentenced lawyer VK Lingam to six months’ jail for contempt over claims of plagiarism. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — The Federal Court today ordered lawyer VK Lingam to be imprisoned six months after finding him guilty of contempt over claims of plagiarism in a written judgment from 2012.

According to the Malaysiakini news portal, the sentence was handed down by a five-member panel led by Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin.

“A warrant of committal would be issued and the sentence will proceed forthwith,” he was quoted as saying when delivering the unanimous decision.

The charge dates back to 2012 and the case has taken this long due to Lingam's repeated absence from proceedings for a variety of reasons, chiefly medical.

In September, the Federal Court ordered Lingam to attend hearings after rejecting the veracity of the medical report used to justify his absence.

Lingam was again not present during today's hearing.

The lawyer previously gained prominence after being implicated in the fixing of judicial appointments, which was the topic of a 2007 Royal Commission of Inquiry.

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