KUALA LUMPUR — July 3, 2018: The Bar Council has questioned the decision of the 1MDB task force relating to the arrest of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak this afternoon and also his appearance in court tomorrow morning to face charges.
It pointed out that the task force probing 1Malaysia Development Berhad has no legal standing regarding the arrest and court appearance.
According to Malaysian Bar president George Varughese, the instruction to arrest Najib can only come from either the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) or the police.
“Is the task force legally empowered to charge Najib?” Varughese asked.
Members of the task force formed after Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad assumed the prime ministership in May following Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the 14th general elections are federal police Special Branch director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador, former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd. Shukri Abdull and his predecessor Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
Newly elected Puteri Umno head Zahida Zarik Khan in a press statement said it was hoped that whatever decision taken regarding Najib must be according to the Constitution, with investigation done in an open and fair manner, without political interference.