Friday, January 29, 2016

Decision on Najib Razak is "Impossible" to overturn!

By Oliver Holmes
of  The Guardian
29 January 2016

EXCLUSIVE: attorney general’s ruling on $681m bank transfer from Saudi royal family can’t be legally challenged, source close to Najib Razak tells the Guardian.

It would be constitutionally “impossible” to overturn the decision to clear the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, of corruption, a source close to the PM’s department has told the Guardian.

The comments follow allegations that the country’s attorney general had ignored a recommendation from the top anti-corruption body that Najib be charged for criminal misappropriation.

The attorney general said on Tuesday that $681m transferred into Razak’s personal bank account was a gift from the royal family in Saudi Arabia, and there were no criminal offences or corruption involved. The statement in effect ended the domestic investigation into Razak.

However, media reports subsequently quoted unnamed sources in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) saying it had recommended Najib be charged.

“It’s impossible for the attorney general’s decision to be legally overturned,” the source said, requesting anonymity as he was not allowed to speak publicly to the press. “Not even the highest court in Malaysia can. The constitution would have to be changed, and that’s not going to happen.”

Najib, who has weathered months of calls from opposition leaders and establishment figures to resign, has denied any wrongdoing and says he did not take any money for personal gain.

The prime minister said on Tuesday that he welcomed the attorney general’s comments, which “confirmed what I have maintained all along: that no crime was committed” and added that the “issue has been an unnecessary distraction for the country”.

The MACC’s chief commissioner, Abu Kassim Mohamed, said in a statement on Thursday that the body “is in no way disputing or challenging the attorney general’s clearance of the cases against the prime minister”.

He added, however, that the clearance decision was being reviewed as “a standard operating procedure as part of the process of closing any case”. Mohamed neither confirmed nor denied that the MACC had advised the attorney general to charge Najib but said he has instructed a police report to be filed into “unauthorised briefings to media”.

Najib still enjoys the backing of most of UMNO’s powerful division chiefs. Even his fiercest internal critics, such as the influential former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, accept that he cannot be unseated.‎  Read here too!

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