Go ahead, I am prepared for jail, says Mahathir

A defiant Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he will only answer when he is charged in court on his allegation that the public prosecutor was protecting Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The former prime minister said this after he was questioned by the police today over his blog posting on attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.

“I did not answer the policemen’s questions on the article as I wish to answer in court during the hearing or trial (after I am charged),” Mahathir said.

He said he would tell the truth in court and call for his own witnesses and those involved in the allegations to testify.

He said he was prepared to be jailed for his blog posting.

“If you stick out your neck, you will be chopped. If that is going to be the end of my life – in jail, okay, that’s it,” he said.

When asked whether he foresaw ending up in Sungai Buloh prison together with PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir quipped: “Maybe we’ll share the same cell.”

‘Intimidated’

Earlier, a four-man police team turned up at the Perdana Leadership Foundation where Mahathir maintains an office.

Bukit Aman is probing Mahathir over his blog posting entitled ‘AG to AG’ on Feb 2.

According to Mahathir, the police in their preliminary enquiry asked him 30 questions, a few of which he answered and the rest he remained mum on.

Acknowledging that he felt somehow ‘intimidated’ by the questioning, Mahathir said he stood by what he wrote on his blog and would continue to defend his freedom of speech whether ‘in court or outside the court’.

Mahathir was represented by five lawyers including Matthias Chang and Haniff Katri.

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