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MACC denies a charge sheet against PM was drafted

The MACC has five independent bodies.

The MACC has five independent bodies.

Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

KUALA LUMPUR – July 31, 2015: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today denied the allegation that a charge sheet against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been drafted and issued by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

The allegation was made by London-based socio-political blog Sarawak Report which published a draft of the charge sheet purportedly done by former Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.

The documents were supposed to support corruption charges  against the prime minister and SRC International managing director Nik Faisal Ariff Nik Othman Kamil.

MACC in a press statement clarified that investigation papers regarding the issue of SRC International Sdn Bhd have yet to be submitted to the AGC.

SRC International was a subsidiary of state-owned strategic investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) until it was placed under the Finance Ministry in February 2012.

“MACC affirms that the investigation over SRC International is still in progress. Therefore, the issue whether there has been draft of charge sheets documents regarding the impending investigation does not arise.

“As mentioned in a press statement issued yesterday, to complete the investigation over the aforementioned company, MACC still need to track several vital witnesses.

“At the same time, MACC stressed that we will not reveal any information about findings of the investigations to any party as it is against the law,” the statement read.

MACC also reiterates its commitment to conduct investigations on corruptions and not to bring down any party, including the government.

“As an independent commission, MACC will investigate the case autonomously, thoroughly and professionally,” it said.

Earlier today, the AGC had also denied that it had drafted or issued a charge sheet against Najib, as alleged by Sarawak Report.

AGC Deputy Solicitor General I (Litigation) Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Hamzah posted the denial via Twitter.

“The draft of the charge that was published by Sarawak Report was not made or issued by the AGC,” he said via his Twitter handle @TAMajid.

Sarawak Report  had in an article yesterday mentioned that the charge sheet had led to Gani’s sacking on Monday.

His termination of service as AG was deemed dubious by many as his contract only to expire in October.

The blog alleged that Gani was abruptly removed from office because he was ‘on the brink’ of filing corruption charges against the prime minister.

In March, MACC, along with AGC , Bank Negara and police had set up a special task force to investigate any wrongdoing committed by the management of 1MDB.

The special task force was previously led by Gani, Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Abu Bakar and MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.