C4: Reopen investigations into Scorpene submarine deal

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www.freemalaysiatoday.com

8 February 2016

Reopen investigations into Scorpene submarine deal – C4

Bernard Baiocco was believed to have bribed key Malaysian negotiator and top ally of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Abdul Razak Baginda, through his company Terasasi Sdn Bhd, in which he and his father are directors of the company. By his own admission, Razak Baginda had admitted to being paid a whooping sum of €30 million (RM 138 million) for consultancy fees, but denied partaking in bribes or corrupt practices.Given these new developments, C4 urges for:

1. Razak Baginda to come clean on the breakdown of the RM138 million. What were the actual fees paid for, who paid them and how were the transactions made. How can Malaysians be assured that no bribes were paid out?

2. The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission to reopen the investigation files here, and to inform Malaysians of why no headway was made locally. Were there blocks and obstruction to the investigations? If the French courts have taken the bold step in indicting a key French personnel, surely the Malaysian institutions (the police, and the MACC) must now step forward and reopen the case. Malaysia as a signatory of the UN Anti-Corruption Convention (UNCAC), is obliged to honour their commitment – which obligates member states to provide the fullest cooperation for all cross-border corruption cases.

3. We ask the Attorney-General, to clarify if mutual legal assistance was granted in the Scorpene submarine probe. Malaysia cannot vitiate its responsibilities in this matter, and must commit to cooperate to find answers to these corruption scandals, and have courage to nab corrupt offenders no matter how powerful.

This is one scandal too many – it is imperative for Malaysia’s institutions to now stand up and uphold the rule of law, and redeem trust. – February 8, 2016.

* Issued by C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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C4: AG must clarify French probe on subs

February 7, 2016

Malaysia, as a signatory of the UN Anti-Corruption Convention (UNCAC) is obliged to honour it commitments.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4) wants Attorney-General Mohd Apandi Ali to clarify whether Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) was granted for the French corruption probe into Malaysia’s acquisition of two Scorpene submarines.

“Malaysia cannot vitiate its responsibilities on this matter,” said C4 Executive Director Cynthia Gabriel in a statement. “It must commit to cooperate to find answers on this corruption scandal. It must have the courage to nab the corrupt no matter how powerful they are.”

Malaysia, as a signatory of the UN Anti-Corruption Convention (UNCAC), was obliged to honour it commitments, added Gabriel. “These commitments obligate member states to provide the fullest cooperation for all cross-border corruption cases.”

This is one scandal too many, she continued. “It’s imperative now for Malaysia’s institutions to stand up and uphold the rule of law, and redeem lost trust.”

C4 was commenting on a French court moving ahead to indict Bernard Baiocco , former President of Thales International Asia (THINT ASIA), who allegedly bribed key public officials in Malaysia on its acquisition of the submarines in 2002.

“If a French court can indict a key French personnel, surely the Malaysian institutions including the police and the MACC must now step forward and reopen the case.”

“The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission must reopen its investigation files and inform the people if no headway was made locally.”

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/02/07/c4-ag-must-clarify-french-probe-on-subs/

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