AG’s all-clear for Najib not good enough: Ambiga

Attorney-General Mohd Apandi Ali’s explanation exonerating Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is inadequate and makes no sense, National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Ambiga Sreenevasan said.

She urged Apandi and the MACC to disclose more details of their findings so that the public could understand how they came to decide on not to press charges against Najib.

She said the people were entitled to this information because it concerned the prime minister – whether in his official or personal capacity – and the ongoing 1MDB scandal.

They shouldn’t be hiding behind confidentiality and so on and so forth because you can reasonably disclose enough to show us the basis for your decision.

“So far as I can see, the explanation given is not enough because at the end any explanation must make sense and this doesn’t make sense,” she told reporters when met at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex today.

She said the people would only be able to decide whether it was reasonable not to press charges against Najib once more information became available.

Earlier today, Apandi had announced that he won’t be pressing charges against Najib for the RM2.6 billion donation that he received

He also said Najib was unaware of the RM42 million channelled into his personal bank account from former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International.

However, Ambiga pointed out that people didn’t normally give large donations without expecting anything in return and there was a presumption of corruption in Najib’s case.

‘Against human nature’

The former Bar Council president said the authorities must show overwhelming evidence on how this presumption was displaced and the money was indeed given by the Saudi royal family without consideration.

Going by the attorney-general’s statement, I don’t understand how this issue of returning the money arose.

I would also like to understand how is it a donation where there is a presumption of corruption […] how that presumption is displaced is not clear to me because people don’t give that much money for nothing.

That’s against human nature,” she said.

Ambiga added other issues that required explanations included the allegation that Najib had swiped SRC International’s credit cards during a trip to Europe in August 2014.

Since the RM2.6 billion donation coincided with the 13th general election, Ambiga said there may be election laws that were broken as well. – Malaysiakini

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