Why Apandi Ali as witness?
Here is why…
AG: No charges against PM, SRC and RM2.6b cases closed
No charges will be brought against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak based on the investigations carried out by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali said he has studied the investigation papers and was satisfied that there are no grounds for action.
“Based on the facts and evidence as a whole, I, as the public prosecutor, am satisfied that no criminal offence has been committed by the prime minister in relation to the three investigation papers.
“I will return the relevant investigation papers to MACC today, with the instruction to close the three investigation papers,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya this morning.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Attorney General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, who had cleared Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any wrongdoing in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, will be called as a defence witness in the SRC International Bhd trial involving the former prime minister.
Najib’s lawyers confirmed this after he finished reading a portion of his witness statement quoting Apandi’s press statement in 2016 which cleared him of any blame.
The 66-year old Pekan member of parliament said Apandi had then made it clear that investigations had been concluded and the AG’s chambers did not find anything which implicated him.
Najib’s lawyers wanted to tender Apandi’s statement as a defence exhibit but it was objected to by lead prosecutor Datuk Seri V Sithambaram on the basis that press reports could not be tendered as evidence.
The defence team then said they would be calling Apandi himself to testify as their witness.
It was reported that the government terminated Apandi’s services as AG in June last year, one month after the Barisan Nasional-led administration under Najib was toppled by Pakatan Harapan.
Apandi was subsequently replaced by Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, who is now the head prosecutor in the SRC International trial.
Najib is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT), and one count of abuse of power over funds amounting to RM42 million linked to SRC International.
He is also facing three money laundering charges over the same fund and faces up to 20-years jail if convicted.
The trial before High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues.