Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bar Council: Rohaizat disbarred for personal misconduct - Star

Aug 18, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Rohaizat Othman, Barisan Nasional’s for the Permatang Pasir by-election, was taken off the advocates and solictors roll on March 7 last year after he was found guilty of personal misconduct, Bar Council secretary George Varughese said.

The Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board’s decision arose from an investigation into a complaint lodged against Rohaizat by the purchaser of a piece of real property, Varughese said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Rohaizat, who is also the Permatang Pauh Umno division secretary, had allegedly failed to refund almost RM161,000 to the complainant after the transaction was aborted.

Rohaizat appealed against the decsion of the Disciplinary Board to the High Court, and the appeal was dsimissed on Aug 12.

“He is therefore legally disqualified from practising as an advocate and solicitor,” Varughese said.

The finding of misconduct is personal to Rohaizat Othman, as the Disciplinary Board would not hold a lawyer liable for the actions of his or her law partners, he added.

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