Najib withdraws lawsuit against AG, MACC and CCID chiefs

17-Jul-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:32 AM Print This Post

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has withdrawn his lawsuit against three individuals leading the investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case.

The three individuals are Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh.

When contacted, Najib’s attorney, Badrul Hisham Abdullah confirmed the withdrawal of the lawsuit.

Badrul Hisham said the lawsuit was withdrawn on grounds that it was filed before Najib was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power for gratification on July 4.

He said there was a need to “realign the case accordingly” as the scenario had changed after his client was slapped with the four charges.The three individuals are Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh. (Pic by NSTP)

On June 30, Najib filed three ex-parte originating summonses (one side) separately at the High Court here through Messrs Badrul Samad Faik & Co, seeking a declaration that the involvement of the three individuals as respondents in the probe into 1MDB was invalid and prejudicial.

In his supporting affidavit, Najib claimed that Thomas had written an article entitled “Grand Lacerny in 1MDB” in July 2016 which concluded that the money deposited into the former prime minister’s personal account belonged to 1MDB, when he was not yet appointed as the Attorney-General.

Najib had claimed that through that article, it was clear that Thomas did not like him and raised his concern that Thomas might find means to ensure a charge against him for any reason.

In the lawsuit filed against Mohd Shukri, Najib said that Mohd Shukri, during a press conference held after he was appointed as the new MACC chief commissioner, had concluded that he had taken RM42 million and RM2.6 billion from SRC International Sdn Bhd, even before he was called by the anti-graft agency to have his statement recorded over the investigation into the case.

Najib had said the press statement made by Mohd Shukri was vengeful and has portrayed him as being guilty.

He had also claimed that he would not be accorded a fair and transparent investigation and believed that with such an attitude, Mohd Shukri was not qualified to lead the MACC investigation team and to be a member in the 1MDB task force set up by the Council of Eminent Persons.

Meanwhile, in Najib’s supporting affidavit for his originating summons against Amar Singh, said the raid by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief and his team on premises resided by his children at Pavilion Residence and one loaned by a friend to store items moved from his official residence in Seri Perdana did not comply with the standard operating procedure.

Najib had also claimed that Amar Singh was not qualified to be an adviser to the 1MDB special investigative team.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/najib-withdraws-lawsuit-against-ag-050532332.html

 


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