I'm being made the scapegoat, says Rohaizat's former partner

BUKIT MERTAJAM Aug 20 — Lawyer Yusri Isahak today claimed that he was being made a scapegoat over the disbarment his former partner, Rohaizat Othman, who is the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in upcoming Permatang Pasir by-election.
Yusri, 39, who was Rohaizat’s partner for five years from 1999, said the running of their legal firm was done with Rohaizat’s knowledge.
“I’m not denying that there was some form of misappropriation. The running of the office, including matters on cheques and filing of cases, were done after discussions with my partner.
“This means we are both accountable for our actions, not me alone,” he told a press conference at the Aman Foundation here today.
On Tuesday, Umno Information chief Ahmad Maslan said Rohaizat was not involved in a land deal for Koperasi Pekebun Getah Negeri Pulau Pinang Berhad carried out by his partner.
Yusri, who said he befriended Rohaizat in 1989 when they were studying at the same university, admitted having prepared the agreement for the land deal, but that it was made with Rohaizat’s consent.
“How can Rohaizat not be aware of the firm’s monetary transactions when he was one of the authorised signatory for the accounts,” he added.
On an allegation that he had absconded with the company’s funds, Yusri said:
“If there is such an accusation, the money in the bank has to be withdrawn using cheques. Produce the cheque numbers”. Yusri said he had no intention of lodging a police report on the matter but his lawyers were in the process of taking legal action against individuals who had accused him of abusing the company’s funds.
“I hope this explanation will clear me from being made a scapegoat in Rohaizat’s negligence case that had caused him to be disbarred as an advocate and solicitor,” he added.
He also said he hoped to be allowed by the opposition parties to clarify the matter at their campaigns.
Yusri said he was now a businessman and had ceased becoming a practising lawyer, having not renewed his licence since 2004.

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