Malaysia's 7-member legal team in Pedra Branca case includes 3 foreign experts

A team of international and local legal experts has been assembled to represent Malaysia which is seeking to revise the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Pulau Batu Puteh, also known as Pedra Branca in Singapore.
A team of international and local legal experts has been assembled to represent Malaysia which is seeking to revise the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Pulau Batu Puteh, also known as Pedra Branca in Singapore.PHOTO: ST FILE

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A team of international and local legal experts has been assembled to represent Malaysia which is seeking to revise the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Pulau Batu Puteh, also known as Pedra Branca in Singapore.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said he would be leading the seven-member team, which includes three foreign experts.

"I have a high calibre team whose expertise and knowledge are on par with the legal team representing Singapore.

"I'm withholding their identities for now and will announce my team close to the date of hearing," he said here on Thursday (Feb 16).

Singapore recently said it had put together the "best team" to study and respond to the matter. The team includes Attorney-General Lucien Wong, Professor S. Jayakumar, Professor Tommy Koh and former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong.

 

Malaysia has applied to revise the international court's ruling that granted Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore following the discovery of "some important facts".

On May 23, 2008, the ICJ ruled that Singapore had sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh, which is about 7.7 nautical miles from Pantai Tanjung Penyusuh, Johor.

Mr Apandi said Malaysia had found evidence among some 3,000 documents, which were declassified by the British Government in 2013 that could help the country's case.

"We haven't been given a date (for the hearing) but normally this process will take sometime. I'm confident that with the new evidence to be presented by the highly esteemed team, we can change the thinking of the ICJ," he said.