KUALA LUMPUR – Former UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam (picture) was sentenced to a month’s jail by the High Court here today after finding him guilty of contempt of court for intimidating a witness in former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial.
The witness is Najib’s former special officer, Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, who is a key witness in the case.
Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah in his judgement said the respondent (Lokman) committed contempt by threatening Amhari Efendi, who is the 8th prosecution witness.
“I find the act by the respondent to lodge a police report and making media statements, amounted to a threat against PW8 (Amhari Efendi) and other potential witnesses in the trial.
“This court finds the respondent guilty of contempt of court and needs to serve his one-month jail term beginning today,” the judge said.
However, justice Sequerah allowed a stay of execution of Lokman’s jailing pending disposal of the latter’s appeal with a bond sum of RM3,000 in one surety.