Adib’s inquest: AGC to suggest 3 names for DPP

Adib’s inquest: AGC to suggest 3 names for DPP

PUTRAJAYA: The government will decide from three names recommended by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to represent the Housing and Local Government and the Fire and Rescue Department in the inquest into firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death.

Housing and Local Government minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said this was decided after a meeting with AG Tommy Thomas on Saturday.

“I met the AG and we spoke about the inquest. The right way to address the matter is to appoint a lawyer from the AGC.

“The AGC will suggest the names of three senior lawyers, and I will decide from there,” she said.

Last week, Syazlin Mansor, the lawyer representing the two government departments and Adib’s family, recused herself from the inquest upon instruction from the AGC.

The AGC said it had instructed Syazlin to withdraw from the inquest due to conflict of interest.

On when the new lawyer will be selected, Zuraida said there was still time to select a new lawyer as the inquest would only resume on June 26.

“I admit there was a mistake on my part in the appointment of a lawyer, so we’re trying to fix it now.

“By right, for the government, we have to appoint a lawyer from the AGC,” she added.

Zuraida also said they had requested that the previous arguments brought by Syazlin during the inquest be taken into consideration.

“The new DPP will only follow through. Nothing will change.” she said.