KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has allowed an application by the government to expunge several questions from the witness statement of corporate lawyer Rosli Dahlan, who is seeking damages for unlawful arrest and prosecution over his failure to disclose information on his assets.
Judge Datuk Hue Siew Kheng made the ruling in her chambers yesterday.
Senior Federal Counsel Azizan Md Arshad told reporters that the judge had said the questions were hearsay and irrelevant, and Rosli did not plead those matters in his statement of claim.
Azizan said the judge also dismissed a preliminary objection by Rosli's counsel Chetan Jethwani that he (Azizan) had no locus standi to depose the government's affidavit while he was also the counsel.
Azizan was acting for the government and eight other Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers.
The government had earlier filed an application to delete the questions in the witness statement.
Trial will begin on Jan 25.
Rosli had in 2009 filed a RM50 million suit against 17 parties, including senior MACC officers and the government claiming he was wrongfully arrested by the MACC.