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KUALA LUMPUR — November 11, 2016: A High Court here today dismissed three leave applications for a judicial review to challenge the attorney-general’s decision to close investigations on the transfer of money from a company to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s account.

Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah rejected the applications to challenge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision filed by former minister in the PM’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, former Batu Kawan Umno vice head Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Bar.

Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Amarjeet Singh told reporters the judge had ruled that the AG has absolute discretion
under Article 145 of Federal Constitution on prosecution and that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“The court accepted the AG’s explanation in his affidavit that the decision to close the file was an administrative decision.

“Therefore, the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) is free to open and investigate on new evidence and facts received by them on the issue of the donation and SRC,” he said.

The court also found that the applications were frivolous as the applicants had no knowledge of the information provided to the AG in the three investigation papers.

It dismissed the applications with no costs because the matter involves public interest.

The applications were related to a donation of RM2.6 billion from SRC International Sdn. Bhd. to Najib.

Apandi had on last January 26 found that no criminal offence was committed by Najib relating to the funds. — Bernama

 

 

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