Government’s AG failed to convince against four anti Rome Statute academics

Government’s AG failed to convince against four anti Rome Statute academics

BANGI: A lawyer contended that the government failed to ratify the Rome Statute because the Attorney General Tommy Thomas failed to convince the Malay Rulers.  He further stated that it was not the case of four law academics confusing the Council of Rulers.

“I disagree that the four lecturers confused the Council of Rulers.  The issue now is the Attorney General Tommy Thomas and Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi failed to convinced the Council of Rulers after both of them presented their presentation on the Rome Statute,” said Mohd. Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz

“Thomas himself himself failed to present a counter rebuttal against the four lecturers. So, it is not a matter of four lecturers confusing the Council of Rulers, it is the issue of AG failing to convince the Council of Rulers,” added Azam who was a panelist at UKM’s “Rom Statute: Where to, Malaysia?” forum.

The accusation that the Council of Rulers were confused after hearing the arguments four academics was first raised by student activist Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi.

On 7 April, Asheeq Ali disclosed the executive summary of the Rome Statute that was presented to the Council of Rulers on 2 April.

 He questioned why the research was done confidentially without the knowledge of the public  and claimed that the conclusion was lop sided as it highlighted why the Council of Rulers needs to reject the international treaty.

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