'No need to ask ex-A-G about charge sheet claim'

Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar.
Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said there was no need to call up former attorney-general (A-G) Abdul Gani Patail to confirm or deny whether a claim made in an online report that a charge sheet against Prime Minister Najib Razak was true.

The Sarawak Report website on Thursday showed what it claimed were documents proving that Tan Sri Gani was preparing to charge Datuk Seri Najib with receiving millions of dollars in funds into his private accounts.

Mr Gani was sacked on Tuesday and has not said whether the documents were from the Attorney- General's Chambers that he led.

After sacking Mr Gani, Mr Najib appointed former judge Mohamed Apandi Ali as the new A-G.

Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi has said that there were no such documents with the A-G's Chambers.

"The alleged charge sheets are not in and never reached the Attorney-General's Chambers.

"Furthermore, the format of the sheets is not correct or written by our Chambers," Mr Mohamed Apandi said in a statement yesterday. He added that the alleged charge papers indicate that there was a conspiracy to topple a serving prime minister by criminalising him, and that the methods include doctoring of documents and criminal leaks.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid, when asked yesterday by reporters whether Mr Gani should be called up to confirm if the documents were genuine, said: "The claims have already been officially denied by the A-G, so why do we need to ask the former A-G? In my opinion, there is no need."

The police, A-G's Chambers, central bank and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are the four agencies investigating the scandal surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad and the alleged misappropriation of funds.

The MACC yesterday also denied that there was a charge sheet being prepared, as it has not sent the investigation papers to the A-G's Chambers, as investigations have not been completed.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2015, with the headline ''No need to ask ex-A-G about charge sheet claim''. Print Edition | Subscribe