Former Malaysian Minister To Seek Judicial Review Of PM Najib Probe

February 2, 2016 – Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim today said he will seek a High Court judicial review to set aside the decision by Attorney-General (AG) Apandi Ali not to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Razak in a graft investigation.

The AG cleared Mr Najib  of any criminal offences or corruption on Jan 26, and said he was closing investigations into a murky multi-million-dollar funding scandal that his opponents had hoped would bring him down.

Mr Najib has been buffeted by allegations of graft and mismanagement at the debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and by a revelation that about US$681 million was deposited into his personal bank account.

Mr Apandi said the US$681 million transfer to Najib’s account was a gift from Saudi Arabia’s royal family, and added that no further action needed to be taken on the matter.

Mr Zaid said based on reports so far, there is strong evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Mr Najib which indicate possible offences under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 and the Financial Services Act 2013, which may also extend to Criminal Breach of Trust and other offences under the Penal Code.

Sacked UMNO grassroots leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan today lodged a graft report against the AG for corruption.

Just a day before he cleared Mr Najib of criminal wrongdoing , Mr Mohd Apandi was appointed to the board of the pilgrim fund Tabung Haji, raising eyebrows over concerns of conflict of interest.

“You can’t fool all the people, all the time,” said Mr Khairuddin. “The AG’s decision is an unreasonable and improper exercise of discretion.

“Please stop making a fool of the people because the people are not stupid at all, enough is enough,” he added.

Mr Khairuddin was arrested and charged with economic sabotage after he lodged reports against 1MDB with authorities from UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore. “They may re-arrest me and charge me under the anti-terror act. That may happen,” said Mr Khairuddin.

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