AG’s Chambers “Flooded” With Further Plea Deal Requests….
- 19 May 2020
Sarawak Report has learned from reliable sources connected to the Attorney General’s Chambers that the Riza Aziz plea deal represents just the ‘tip of an iceberg’ in terms of similar requests and bargain offers that are now piled up on the new incumbent’s desk.
“Riza’s request was a one-off in November as not many would have dared to attempt it under the previous AG. However, since the arrival of PN all the criminal lawyers representing some 25 or so of these UMNO defendants have been racing to come up with schemes to get their clients a deal”
was how an informant put it to Sarawak Report.
Riza’s deal was a priority for the main defendants over the billion dollar 1MDB scandal, Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah, who arranged for much of the money to be channelled not only into Najib’s accounts and into lavish gifts for Rosmah but also into funding Riza’s Hollywood investments.
Rosmah was the one who was in fact enamoured with the Hollywood investment idea, according to associates, and Najib went to great lengths to attempt to convince the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi that Riza had not been aware that the source was actually 1MDB or “money laundering”, evidenced by a phone recording released by the MACC. During the call Najib had asked the Crown Prince to pretend the money had come from him.
Meanwhile, criminal lawyers have been scrambling to produce further such sweetheart deals for their own clients, which include Rosmah and Najib themselves plus other UMNO warlords. This despite the straight faced promises that have been made by the likes of ‘PM8′ that his coup government (which hangs by a thread and relies on the support of UMNO as its largest party) is dedicated to flushing out corruption.
Yesterday, in his one hour speech to Parliament the Agong also stated the PN government’s alleged commitment to an ‘anti-corruption agenda’. In which case, all these dozens of pleas ought to be immediately binned.
That is what should have happened to the Riza letter of November 18th as well. AG Tommy Thomas clearly regrets he didn’t just throw it in the bin rather than pass it on to the prosecution team.
reflected Sarawak Report’s source on this matter.
Attorney-general Idrus Harun has declined to comment on claims that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is now flooded with requests for plea bargain deals following the discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) giving to Riza Aziz on money-laundering charges.
Whistleblower site the Sarawak Report had yesterday published a report quoting sources connected to the AGC as saying that following the unexpected plea bargain deal and the change of Federal government that “all the criminal lawyers representing some 25 or so of these Umno defendants have been racing to come up with schemes to get their clients a deal”.
When asked by Malaysiakini if he had a response to the Sarawak Report article Idrus simply replied: “No.”
The source had claimed that Riza’s request was “a one-off in November (last year) as not many would have dared to attempt it under the previous AG (Tommy Thomas).”
Aside from Najib and Riza’s mother Rosmah Mansor, a number of prominent Umno leaders including party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Bung Moktar Radin, Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, Mohd Isa Abdul Samad and several others have been charged with corruption.