Securing the Advocate and Solicitor Services

In the follow-up of the case involving two former judicial officers, Ramzidah binti Pehin Datu Kesuma Diraja Retired Colonel Haji Abdul Rahman, the first defendant, and second defendant, Haji Nabil Daraina bin Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin,

the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam has released a statement that The Honourable Chief Justice Dato Paduka Steven Chong, heard an application this morning for Mr. Simon Henry Farrell, Queen's Counsel (QC) to be admitted to practice as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam pursuant to the Legal Profession Act, Chapter 132, for the purpose of representing both defendants in HCCT No. 11 of 2018 and for the purpose of and in all matters related to the proceedings by the Public Prosecutor against Ramzidah and Haji Nabil Daraina.

Sheikh Noordin from the Messrs Sheikh Noordin and Associates, submitted to the Chief Justice in support of the application that he has been instructed by both defendants to secure the services of a QC who possesses the specialist skills, qualifications and experience in handling white collar crimes, including in particular cases involving money laundering and confiscation of assets of properties.

Both Attorney General's Chambers and the Law Society had no objections for the admission of Mr. Simon Henry Farrell, QC. The Chief Justice ruled that he was satisfied that Mr. Simon Henry Farrell, QC has the special skills and qualifications to represent both defendants in HCCT No. 11 of 2018 and in all related proceedings and granted an order in terms of the application for his admission to practice as an Advocate and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Brunei Darussalam.

The further mention in respect of HCCT No. 11 of 2018 will be heard on 14th February 2019 at 2 in the afternoon before the Honourable Justice Gareth Lugar-Mawson.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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