Will Mohamed Apandi Ali, ex Attorney General, ever be investigated and charged?

3 June 2019

Police will probe report against ex-AG, says IGP

Faisal Asyraf  |  Published:   |  Modified: 

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has confirmed that a police report lodged against former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali will be investigated.

“All police reports lodged will be investigated,” he told Malaysiakini this evening when quizzed on the matter.

However, he did not disclose under what section investigations would be carried out.

Hamid was asked to respond to a report lodged by DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng with the Dang Wangi district police headquarters yesterday.

In his report, the Kepong MP said Apandi should be investigated for his alleged role in covering up the 1MDB scandal during the time of former premier Najib Abdul Razak.

Lip Eng also wanted the former MACC and police chiefs to be investigated as well.

Last week, Malaysiakini reported that MACC is not investigating Apandi, following DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang’s call for the former AG to be probed.

He also urged police to investigate the alleged cover-up which included Apandi’s attempts to block co-operation with investigating authorities from over 10 countries in relation to the 1MDB scandal.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/478480

2 June 2019

Probe Apandi over alleged 1MDB cover-up – Kepong MP

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Police and other enforcement agencies should investigate former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali over his alleged role in the 1MDB scandal cover-up, said Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng.

In his report lodged at the Dang Wangi police station this morning, Lim said investigations should also be extended to the former MACC chief, as well as the former inspector-general of police.

“The reason I lodged this report was to urge police to investigate in great detail the stealing of 1MDB’s money,” the report read.

In July 2015, Najib Abdul Razak appointed Apandi as attorney-general to replace Abdul Gani Patail, who was then heading a special task force to investigate the billions in the former premier’s bank accounts.

Najib was being investigated for receiving RM2.6 billion (US$681 million), purportedly a political donation from the Saudi royal family, as well as RM42 million originating from SRC International.

Apandi, who eventually cleared Najib of any wrongdoing with regard to the money in his bank accounts, vacated his position after Pakatan Harapan came to power last year.

Despite having no formal charges pressed against him, he was slapped with a travel ban which was lifted by the Home Ministry and Immigration Department in a letter dated May 8.

A day after it was revealed that Apandi was free to travel overseas, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang detailed the former attorney-general’s role in the 1MDB scandal.

He also urged police to investigate the alleged cover-ups which included attempts to block co-operation with investigating authorities from over 10 countries.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/478328

10 May 2019

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak was not investigated for corruption when he was prime minister because the attorney general (AG) at that time rebuffed the oversight panel’s recommendation to do so, lawyer Datuk Lim Chee Wee disclosed in an interview today.

Lim told journalist Mary Ann Jolley on Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme that there was “enormous pressure” on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) review panel, of which he was a member at that time in 2015.

“I understand phone calls were made, some amount of persuasion would have been applied through the phone calls,” he said in the interview aired early this morning.

The former Malaysian Bar president agreed when asked if it was the power of the prime minister that was exerted on the MACC panel at that time.

“At the end of our term, none of us had our term extended, and this is contrasted to the then AG going public to say that the then prime minister Najib did not commit any wrongdoing,” he said.

Lim did not name the AG in the interview but said the incumbent had been newly appointed.

He also said that particular AG refused to cooperate with international investigations into the laundering of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds.

“The new AG, despite repeated requests by MACC, did not issue mutual legal assistance request to foreign jurisdictions.

“His excuse was that there were ongoing police investigations in Malaysia. As a lawyer, I certainly don’t subscribe to that excuse,” Lim said.

Lim said the panel had urged the former AG to review the investigation paper in a professional manner and to “do what is right”.

When asked on what would have been right, Lim said, “now things have transpired, the right thing to do would be actually to prosecute.”

“The amount of power the PM had to be able to dismiss an AG at will, led to this situation,” Lim said.

There were two people who held the post of AG during Najib’s tenure as prime minister from April 2009 to May 2018.

The first was Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail who served from January 1, 2002 before it ended abruptly on July 27, 2015, three months before he would have reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 on his birthday in October.

Abdul Gani had been heading a multi-agency special taskforce investigating the 1MDB scandal, prior to the termination of his service.

He was replaced by former judge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali who served from July 28, 2015 to June 4, 2018.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/05/10/ag-reason-najib-escaped-oversight-probe-as-pm-ex-macc-panellist-says/1751502#.XNUEkwi5UUw.twitter

5 June 2018

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The King of Malaysia has consented to Tommy Thomas being the new Attorney General of Malaysia. Says this appointment still protects the special rights of Malays and Bumiputera as well as Islam.
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3 June 2018

Pressure grows to sack Apandi, lawyers say it’s straightforward

June 3, 2018

Lawyers say there is an urgent need to appoint a new attorney-general, and there is no need for procedures such as a tribunal.
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PETALING JAYA: Pressure is growing on the government to sack Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali and appoint a replacement without delay, amid a shocking revelation made by a blogger about a simmering protest within Pakatan Harapan over the choice of the new AG based on ethnic and religious grounds.

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said there should be no further delay in terminating Apandi’s services, who has been forced to go leave after he refused to vacate the post.

LFL said Apandi could be removed “whenever the PM advises the King to do so”.

“There is no requirement for a tribunal to remove the AG, neither is there a need for an enquiry in order to terminate his services,” said lawyer N Surendran on behalf of the group.

“Apandi has no legal recourse when his services are terminated; he must go. The best thing he can do now is to quit honourably, before he is ignobly forced out,” it said.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/03/pressure-grows-to-sack-apandi-lawyers-say-its-straightforward/

2 June 2018

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Govt and Malay rulers in standoff over choice of new A-G


The Malaysian Insight

A CONSTITUTIONAL crisis could be looming between the newly-elected Pakatan Harapan government and the Malay rulers over the appointment of the new attorney-general.

More than 10 days ago, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wrote to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong asking that he remove Apandi Ali as the A-G and replace him with top lawyer and constitutional expert Tommy Thomas, the unanimous choice of all PH leaders.
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But that letter from Dr Mahathir to the King has not been acted on, leading to a standoff between the popularly-elected government and the palace.

Instead, there have been messages relayed from the palace, seeking that PH drop its choice of Thomas.

Dr Mahathir was asked to consider several candidates, including a former high court judge and a serving court of appeal judge.

The Malaysian Insight understands that other Malay rulers have also supported the King’s position, adamant that the A-G should be a Malay/Muslim.
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Dr Mahathir and PH leaders have refused to back down. They still believe that Thomas is the best man for the job. The plan is to offer the 66-year-old a two-year contract as the A-G. He ‎wants to return to private practice after that.
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Observers also warn that the Malay rulers should be careful because there is already a view among Malaysians that there was an unnecessary delay by the palace in swearing in Dr Mahathir as prime minister after GE14.

Given the euphoria in the country and the reservoir of goodwill and affection Dr Mahathir has earned from ordinary Malaysians for saving the country from Najib Razak, ‎it is clear who they will support in this impasse. – June 2, 2018.

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Apandi will be assured of a place in the 1MDB rogues’ gallery with Najib, Jho Low and Arul Kanda if he continues to defy national and international opinion and refuses to resign as Attorney-General –

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Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali will be assured of a place in the 1MDB rogues’ gallery with Najib Razak, Jho Low and Arul Kanda if he continues to defy national and international opinion and refuses to resign as Attorney-General.

When the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 15, 2017 filed additional civil forfeiture proceedings to recover a total of US$1.7 billion of 1MDB-linked assets, making it the largest action brought under the US Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali came out with a statement within hours to declare that there was nothing new and to express his regret about “insinuations” against the Prime Minister in the DOJ’s latest 1MDB forfeiture suit.

Apandi was telling a lie to claim that “there was nothing new” in the additional litigation proceedings of the US DOJ, and this was why I issued a statement on June 16, 2017 asking whether Apandi had read the ten “killer paragraphs” in US DOJ’s latest 1MDB kleptocratic suit to forfeit 1MDB-assets which directly linked Najib’s RM2.6 billion donation to 1MDB, and if so, how could he suggest that there was nothing new?

I had said at the time that the additional US DOJ litigation on 1MDB did not make any insinuations about the then Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, but “open and direct charge … that the Prime Minister had lied when he claimed that the RM2.6 billion donations had come from Saudi Arabian royalty!”

I said Apandi cannot be more wrong when he suggested that there was nothing new in the expanded DOJ kleptocratic suit.

I said:

“Apart from the titillating and tantalizing information about what another 1MDB king-pin Jho Low did with the US$620 million which Najib was supposed to have returned to the Saudi Arabia royal donor, Apandi should ask whether Najib can continue as Prime Minister if he allows the ten ‘killer paragraghs’ in the latest DOJ kleptocratic suit to stand unchallenged.

“I am referring to Paragraph 339 to 348
under the section ‘$681 MILLION WAS TRANSFERRED FROM THE TANORE ACCOUNT TO AN ACCOUNT BELONGING TO MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1.’”

The ten “killer paragraphs” referred to the transfer in March 2013 of US$681 million to the Kuala Lumpur account in AmBank of MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 from the Tanore account in Singapore, one of the 1MDB spider-web of accounts.

Para 341 said: “This account belonged to MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 and is the same account that in 2011 received US$20 million from the Saudi Account that was traceable to the Good Star Account, as set forth in Section II.G. It is also the same account that in 2012 received at least US$30 million from the Blackstone Account that was traceable to the Aabar-BVI Swiss Account and the 2012 bond proceeds, as set forth in Section III.E.3”.

Para 345 referred to the return of US$620 million on or about August 26, 2013 from the AmBank account of MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 to the Tanore accoiunt in Singapore.

Paragraph 346 of the DOJ litigation said:

“As discussed in Part VI.CC below, a portion of the US$620 million that MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 ‘returned’ to the Tanore Account was passed through various additional accounts controlled by TAN and LOW and was ultimately used to purchase a 22-carat pink diamond pendant and necklace for the wife of MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1. The necklace was commissioned in July 2013, after the jeweller met with LOW, HUSSEINY, and the wife of MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 in Monaco. The purchase price of US$27,300,000 was paid on or about September 10, 2013, using funds traceable to the US$620 million payment from MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 to Tanore.”

Apandi committed a grave dereliction of duty as Attorney-General in not directing that the various enforcement agencies pursue the leads on the 1MDB scandal from the latest US DOJ forfeiture litigation on June 15, 2017, and instead, claimed that there was “nothing new” and expressing regret about “insinuations” against the Prime Minister in the DOJ’s latest 1MDB forfeiture suit.

Apandi could have easily discovered whether there was any truth in these ten killer paragraphs in the latest US DOJ litigation if he had sought assistance from the US and/or Singapore authorities – which he and the enforcement agencies strenuously refused to do.

It was only after the historic watershed 14th General Election of May 9, 2018 which witnessed the first peaceful and democratic transition of power in Malaysia that the enormity of the criminality and moral turpitude resulting in the international money-laundering scandal, which had made Malaysia a global kleptocracy and an international laughing stock, could be unravelled.

The whole sordid tale of the 1MDB scandal has still to be told but what is clear is the shocking abdication of responsibility and loss of moral moorings of key government leaders.

Will Apandi rank with Najib, Jho Low and even Arul Kanda Kandasamy as the national rogues in the 1MDB scandal?

Whatever the outcome, it is just wrong and abhorrent that Apandi has refused to resign as Attorney-General.

When will the former Federal Court judge come to his senses and regain the decency to submit his resignation as Attorney-General without any further delay?

(Media Statement in Iskandar Puteri on Saturday, June 2, 2018)

https://blog.limkitsiang.com/2018/06/02/apandi-will-be-assured-of-a-place-in-the-1mdb-rogues-gallery-with-najib-jho-low-and-arul-kanda-if-he-continues-to-defy-national-and-international-opinion-and-refuses-to-resign-as-attorney-ge/

28 May 2018

Resign now or be prepared to be sacked, Kit Siang tells Apandi

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today urged Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali to step down as the country’s Attorney-General “honourably” or risk facing a sacking order eventually.

The Iskandar Puteri MP said prolonging the move would only result in further shame for Apandi, who is currently on a 30-day unrecorded leave.

“To save him from further ignominy, Apandi should not exploit the constitutional niceties and loopholes but resolve the three-week constitutional stalemate by submitting his resignation without any ado.

“What does Apandi think he has to gain from prolonging such a constitutional stalemate?” Lim asked in a statement.

Lim said Apandi’s refusal to step down displayed a character that was “most untenable, unseemly and even indecent” for attempting to hold on to the position.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1635747/resign-now-or-be-prepared-to-be-sacked-kit-siang-tells-apandi

23 May 2018

King can remove AG Apandi, says lawyer

May 23, 2018

As a contract officer, Apandi serves at the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, says lawyer R Kengadharan, adding there is no need to pay compensation.
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PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister could advise the king to remove Attorney-General (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali if he does not resign voluntarily, a lawyer said.

Lawyer R Kengadharan said Apandi was a contract officer and served at the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“Prime Minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) could advise the king to remove Apandi in order for the government to appoint a new AG of its choice,” he told FMT.

Kengadharan said a contract AG could be terminated without compensation as he was appointed by the king on the advice of the government of the day.

Earlier today, an MP aligned to the government urged Apandi Ali to relinquish his post in light of new revelations regarding 1MDB by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Mohd Shukri Abdull.

Ramkarpal Singh, who is Bukit Gelugor MP, noted MACC’s claim yesterday that the Saudi prince whom former prime minister Najib Razak alleged had given him RM2.6 billion as a donation could not prove it with any supporting documents.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/23/king-can-remove-ag-apandi-says-lawyer/

14 May 2018

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PM says AG on leave, hopes to name new MACC chief tomorrow

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Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali will go on immediate leave, according to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

At a press conference this afternoon, Mahathir said the government cannot suspend Apandi since no formal report has been lodged against him.

However, he said there are numerous complaints against Apandi, including covering-up wrongdoings.

“It was on this basis, we gave him a holiday,” he added.

Mahathir said an investigation can only be carried out against Apandi when a formal report is lodged.

When this happens, he added, Apandi can even be barred from leaving the country.

Solicitor-general Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek would helm the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) in Apandi’s absence.

Previously, Mahathir said the country has no attorney-general, but Apandi clocked in for work, as usual, this morning.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/424804

13 May 2018

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Urged to quit, besieged Apandi consults lawyers

May 13, 2018

Attorney-General faces more pressure to step down after PM expresses lack of confidence in him.
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PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General, Apandi Ali, facing mounting pressure to resign, is taking legal advice in the wake of the prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, expressing lack of confidence in him.

The latest to call for his resignation was DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo, who was re-elected as Puchong MP at last week’s general election.

He said in a Facebook posting today that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for Apandi to remain as Attorney-General, as he is both the government’s chief legal adviser as well as Public Prosecutor.

“Apandi is in no position to advise the prime minister as the prime minister has expressed no confidence in him, and also said in no uncertain terms that there is a basis for investigating the manner in which the 1MDB case was dealt with,” Gobind said.

Apandi told FMT that he needed time to discuss with his team of lawyers. He would also consult with the Queen’s Counsel (eminent lawyers) from the United Kingdom about his situation.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/13/urged-to-quit-beseiged-apandi-consults-lawyers/

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Yoursay: Apandi’s conscience is clear, but 1MDB evidence shows otherwise

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YOURSAY | All collaborators must be punished. If not, they will do the same with future tyrants.

AG denies PM’s accusation says nothing to hide

Trueglitter: Attorney-general (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali should not escape the wrath of the angry people nor the long arms of the law when he was clearly perceived to be exceedingly emboldened with shameless disregard for the righteous citizens who have had the great misfortune to cross his path.

Apandi has been well-noted to be an ardent cum protective henchman of the once invincible Najib Razak during his hey days, who has never failed to hog the headlines of social media for all the wrong reasons.

It is an open secret that his abrupt and unexpected appointment as AG was a conniving arrangement to safeguard the much embattled Najib’s political wellbeing, who is alleged to be directly embroiled in the infamous 1MDB scandal.

At the ascendant to his new plumb position as the AG, Apandi abandoned all forms of integrity and has shamelessly took on the urgent task to defend his embattled political master, Najib, at every turn of the way.

Nothing could be more damaging or insulting to our nation than for Apandi to demonstrate his unconcealed stupidity before the global stage when he had exhibited such shameless level of ignorance at disregarding the true conclusion of guilt of those individuals involved in the 1MDB scandal conducted by some renown countries.

In order to wash away the abject shame and degradation that has plagued our once proud nation, the apparently untouchable Apandi should now be brought before the open court.

Anonymous 381541456985626: It is really disappointment to the country for having an AG of this calibre. Even ordinary citizens know the law of land.

But this AG, sitting in highest office, doesn’t seem to know. And he still has the audacity to say, I followed the law.

If I were him, I would resign with dignity, especially if I am not wanted and not deserving.

Salvage Malaysia: Now the AG advises that any action taken against a person must be in accordance with law consistent with the Federal Constitution. Was this adhered to under the previous administration?

Whistleblower Khairuddin Abu Hassan was jailed under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma). Did that follow law?

Res Ipsa: When the Swiss AG asked for mutual legal assistance (MLA) to investigate money laundering allegations involving 1MDB, you had refused to cooperate and provide such assistance as required.

This occurred on more than one occasions since there were multiple requests. The Swiss then proceeded to complete their investigations without any input from the very source country of those criminal acts. So what conscience are you talking about?

You personally cleared Najib from all wrongdoing related to the RM2.6 billion found in his personal bank accounts.

Even when the US Department of Justice (DOJ) provided evidence of wire transfers to show that the Arabian donation was just a myth, you still stood by Najib without even bothering to reopen the investigations based on fresh evidence.

Where was your conscience then? And weren’t you caught wearing a BN shirt doing a jig at a BN function?
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Lajib: Apandi, just one question, show us the account of the donor and immediate former MO1’s (Malaysian Official 1) tax return for the corresponding year.

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Why so “unintelligent”? U can read between the lines , it means u shud resign lah, Mr 1MDB-fake-AG…🤣

Malaysia Not Malaya added,

 Posted on 12 May 2018 – 08:23pm

PUTRAJAYA: Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali declined to comment after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad gave the impression that he had sacked him.

“It is better not to comment, thank you,” he said when contacted.

During a press conference in Petaling Jaya earlier today, the Prime Minister had said that Mohamed Apandi Ali would be investigated about his involvement with the previous government.

He said Pakatan Harapan had placed restrictions on a number of people who might be involved in wrongdoings or had made wrong decisions in the previous government.

“At the moment ‘we have no AG’. We are considering names but need to study the suitability of the candidates,” he added.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2018/05/12/ag-declines-comment-dr-ms-we-have-no-ag-remarks

11 May 2018

AG in PM’s crosshairs: Dr M claims Apandi hid evidence of wrongdoing

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Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad indicated that Mohamed Apandi Ali might not be attorney-general for long.

At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today, Mahathir accused him of concealing evidence of wrongdoing.

“We have to look into who is the attorney-general. At the moment, the attorney-general has undermined his own credibility.

“He has, in fact, hidden evidence of wrongdoing and that is wrong in law,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

The prime minister said this in response to a question on the 1MDB scandal, which had plagued his predecessor Najib Abdul Razak’s administration.

In January 2016, Apandi cleared Najib of any wrongdoing with regard to the RM2.6 billion in the former prime minister’s bank accounts.

International investigations claimed the sum originated from 1MDB but Najib claimed it was a “donation” from a Saudi royalty.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/424278

19 March 2016

Malaysian Bar calls for Apandi Ali’s resignation “to restore public confidence & perception of the rule of law”

16 March 2016

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Malaysian Bar files judicial review over AG Apandi Ali’s decision

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar has filed a judicial review at the High Courts over the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision for not pressing charges against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Its president Steven Thiru said in the application, the Malaysian Bar to set aside the Attorney-General’s decisions in clearing Najib’s name and instructing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to close three of its investigation papers.

“The Malaysian Bar is of the view that the discretionary prosecutorial powers conferred on the Attorney General by Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution are not absolute or unfettered, and the exercise of these powers can be challenged in a judicial review action.

“The scope and ambit of the discretionary prosecutorial powers, and whether these powers were exercised in accordance to law on the facts of any given case, should be determined by the courts,” he said.

According to Thiru, it is not for the Attorney-General to decide on the innocence or guilt of a suspect in respect of any alleged crime, and there should be no usurpation of the judicial powers of the courts.

“The independence of the MACC, in discharging its statutory duties under the MACC Act 2009 as an investigative and enforcement agency, must be protected, and any impediment to the performance of these duties must be prevented,” he said.

http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/malaysian-bar-files-judicial-review-over-ag-apandi-alis-decision-98711

15 March 2016

No-confidence motion against AG makes it to House

The motion of no confidence against attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has been received by the Dewan Rakyat, Members of Parliament Coordination Bureau chairperson Johari Abdul said.

Johari, who is also a PKR MP, said the motion was submitted by opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Feb 25, and received by the Parliament secretariat on Feb 26.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Opposition has filed a parliamentary motion to remove Attorney-General (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali, a PKR lawmaker confirmed today.

Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul said the motion was submitted by Opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Feb 25 and confirmation of acceptance was stamped the next day.

“We filed the motion requesting for the Dewan Rakyat to take action against Apandi. We have lost confidence in the Attorney-General.

“This is due to his decisions regarding investigations into 1MDB and Prime Minister Najib Razak’s RM2.6 billion donation,” said Johari in a press conference at the Parliament lobby here today.

A copy of the motion submitted to the Dewan Rakyat’s Speaker’s office showed Wan Azizah citing Apandi’s alleged decision to disband the special task force probing allegations of misappropriation and abuse of power in the management of state-owned investment firm 1MDB as well as the RM2.6 billion political donation deposited into Najib’s personal accounts.

It also cited Apandi’s decision to clear Najib of all allegations of wrongdoing in the twin scandals as a reason.

Johari said Apandi acted unfairly by presiding differently in a separate but similar case of a political donation involving former Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s special officer, Mohd Yahya Mat Sahri.

“Yahya took a RM50,000 political donation and even though he was declared not guilty initially, the DPP (deputy public prosecutor) acting under the AG’s order, appealed twice until Yahya was finally found guilty.

“He was sentenced to two years in prison. Yahya named the donor and the money was channelled into the party’s (PKR) account, not his own. But he was found guilty while the prime minister was declared innocent.

“It was an act of injustice.”

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/03/15/opposition-files-motion-to-remove-apandi-as-ag/

Malaysia Bar Council has sought judicial review on AG Mohd Apandi Ali’s decision not to take action against PM Najib on money transfer

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Malaysian Bar AGM to explore call for AG Apandi’s resignation

BY BOO SU-LYN

 

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 ― The Malaysian Bar is set to debate at its annual general meeting (AGM) a motion that calls on Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali to quit as Attorney-General amid high-profile controversies.

The motion proposed by Charles Hector, Francis Pereira and Shanmugam Ramasamy also calls for the Solicitor-General to assume the role of public prosecutor in the cases that may involve the prime minister, state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), former 1MDB unit SRC International, and the transfer of RM2.6 billion into the prime minister’s personal accounts, citing the AG’s “disability” to continue to act as public prosecutor in such cases.

“Therefore, it is hereby resolved that: A. That the Malaysian Bar calls on Mohamed Apandi Ali to immediately resign as Attorney-General, for the good of Malaysia, to restore public confidence and perception of the rule of law, in particular the administration of criminal justice in Malaysia,” read the motion sighted by Malay Mail Online.

The motion noted that Section 376(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code states that the Solicitor-General shall act as public prosecutor in case of the AG’s inability to act.

It added that such an inability appeared to be present following Apandi’s decisions in cases related to the prime minister and state-owned investment firms, which merited the call for Solicitor-General to intercede.

The motion noted that the AG has many roles and responsibilities, including providing legal advice to the Cabinet or ministers and deciding on prosecutions for possible offences, some of which may be conflicting obligations.

“It is absurd when the Attorney General [is] considering instituting criminal proceedings, and at the same time, is also seen to be personally providing legal advice to the suspect/s or the potential accused,” said the motion.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysian-bar-agm-to-explore-call-for-ag-apandis-resignation?utm_content=buffer204b5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.jgKTxlW8.L9yEMwgf.dpuf

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Malaysians when AG Apandi ali said that najib had returned the RM 2 billion “donation” to the arabs.

 

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