KUALA LUMPUR — February 25, 2016: The Operations Review Panel which advises the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has denied saying it had “enough proof to charge Najib over SRC” as reported by online news portal the Malaysian Insider today.
A statement from panel chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo made clear that the panel “expressly distances itself from the report” which cited an anonymous panel member as the source of various statements.
“We wish to state that no anonymous source is authorised to speak for and on behalf of the panel under any circumstances. In any event, we hereby expressly disassociate ourselves from all such statements attributed to the anonymous source.”
Hamid said the panel did not at any time say that it had “enough proof to charge Najib over SRC” as claimed by the title of the article, or that “there is credible evidence to frame charges against Datuk Seri Najib Razak”.
It also did not conclude that “the MACC investigators had collected sufficient evidence to prove a prima facie case against Najib”.
However, Hamid said the panel had advised the commission to complete its investigation.
He also referred to the statement from the MACC yesterday that said the commission was requested by the panel to issue a public statement on these issues.
“We made no such request of the MACC,” he said. “It is however up to the MACC if it wishes to issue any statement.”