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Claims by Sarawak Report prove a threat to Malaysia’s democracy, says A-G

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Shahrum Sayuthi
Written by Shahrum Sayuthi

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31, 2015 : The allegation by political blog Sarawak Report that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was about to be charged with corruption indicates that there is a conspiracy to topple him, says Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.

He said the plot represents a threat to Malaysia’s democracy and he will direct action to be taken to investigate the matter.

“The full force of the law will be applied without exception to any that are found guilty,” he said in a statement. ‎

Apandi also said the alleged charge sheets against Najib claimed by Clare Rewcastle Brown, the owner of Sarawak Report, to be in her possession as published in the blog were fakes.

“T‎he alleged charge sheets are not in and never reached the Attorney General’s Chambers. Furthermore, the format of the sheets is not correct or written by our Chambers,” he said. ‎

Apandi added that the investigation into 1Malaysia Development Bhd by the Special Task Force comprising the Attorney-General office, Bank Negara, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the police has not been completed.

“So it is not legally possible for charge sheets to be drafted in advance. These alleged charge papers therefore indicate that there is a conspiracy to topple a serving Prime Minister by criminalising him, and that the methods include doctoring and criminal leakage,” he said.

Sarawak Report, which is based in London had yesterday claimed that former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was removed from his office on Monday and replaced with Apandi because he was about to bring charges of corruption against Najib.

The blog claimed that it had acquired “secret documents”, which Gani was in the process of drafting to charge the prime minister in court.

They include a charge sheet for corrupt practices under Section 17 (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, which is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 20 years in prison under Section 24 of the Act.

The blog claimed that the authenticity of the documents, which were in their final draft stages had been verified by “other senior parties”.

The blog also claimed that Najib was supposed to be charged with another person named as Dato’ Shamus Anuar Bin Sulaiman.

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