Saturday 24 March 2012

No tribunal for AG, says Najib

rime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has shot down calls for a tribunal to investigate attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail over allegations that he had fixed former Chief Criminal Investigation Department (CCID) chief Ramli Yusoff who was investigating an underworld figure.

Responding with a curt “No”, Najib said this is because it is merely a claim and a tribunal can only be set up if there is sufficient evidence.

“This is an allegation which has to be substantiated,” he said at a press conference after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur last night.

Malaysiakini had reported in 2007, then-deputy internal security minister Johari Baharum had bypassed Musa and instructed Ramli to investigate Johor-based underworld figure Goh Cheng Poh.

Ramli had claimed his investigations had revealed that the then-inspector-general of police Musa Hassan was in cahoots with Goh and had assisted in covering up the latter’s gambling and money laundering businesses.

Police officers willing to testify

Gani was said to have instructed the Anti-Corruption Agency (now the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to access highly-confidential files on the case.

With this information, Gani is further alleged to have ordered its officers to hunt down the informants in the Goh case and coerce them into changing their statements to implicate the CCID team investigating the case.

Following the revelation, several police officers, serving and retired, have come forward with offers to testify if a tribunal is set up to investigate Gani and Musa.

Ramli, too, has made a similar offer, adding that he has additional evidence into the cases involving opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s black eye case and former MAS chairperson Tajudin Ramli.

Subang MP R Sivarasa had last Wednesday filed an urgent motion in Parliament to debate the matter, but this was rejected by the house’s speaker.

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