Malaysian Bar to appeal against dismissal of judicial review bid on AG’s powers

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bar Council president Steven Thiru say the Bar has decided to appeal against the High Court ruling because it is a ‘significant case’. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Bar Council president Steven Thiru say the Bar has decided to appeal against the High Court ruling because it is a ‘significant case’. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — The Malaysian Bar will appeal the High Court’s decision to dismiss the Bar’s judicial review bid on the Attorney-General’s powers, its president Steven Thiru said today.

In a statement, Steven said that Bar has decided to appeal against the High Court ruling because it is a “significant case”, and also because no instrumentality of the government should be above the law.

On November 11, the High Court refused to grant leave for the judicial review proceedings on grounds that the AG’s actions, covered by Article 145 of the Federal Constitution, was “not justiciable” and thus cannot be reviewed by a court of law.

The Malaysian Bar had sought for the judicial review along with former de-facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and former Umno leader Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, regarding A-G Tan Sri Apandi Ali’s decision on January 26 this year to close investigation on the RM 2.6 billion donation into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s accounts and also not to prosecute Najib in the case. Read more

High Court throws out bids to challenge AG’s ruling not to prosecute PM

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The High Court rejected the leave applications to challenge the AG's decision filed by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Bar. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The High Court rejected the leave applications to challenge the AG’s decision filed by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Bar. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — The High Court today dismissed three leave applications for a judicial review to challenge the Attorney-General’s decision to close investigations on the transfer of a RM2.6 billion donation and funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s account and not to prosecute him over the issue.

Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah rejected the leave applications to challenge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision filed by former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, former Batu Kawan Umno vice head Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and the Malaysian Bar.

Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Amarjeet Singh told reporters that the judge, who made the decision in chambers, ruled that the AG had absolute discretion under Article 145 of Federal Constitution on prosecution and that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“The court has no jurisdiction on such matters and the court accepted the AG’s explanation in his affidavit that the decision to close the file was an administrative decision.

“Therefore, the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) is free to open and investigate on new evidence and facts received by them on the issue of the donation and SRC,” he said. Read more

No conflict as constitution grants AG sole prosecution powers, court told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File photo shows a man walking past a 1MDB billboard in Kuala Lumpur. The U.S. Department of Justice filed lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to seize dozens of properties tied to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), saying that over $3.5 billion was misappropriated from the institution. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

File photo shows a man walking past a 1MDB billboard in Kuala Lumpur  — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — The choice to prosecute or not is granted solely to the Attorney-General (AG) under the Federal Constitution and cannot be challenged in court, lawyers for the government’s top legal officer asserted today.

There can be no conflict of interest for the AG as alleged by the Malaysian Bar when he acted in accordance to his constitutional role and decided not to pursue legal action after clearing the prime minister of any wrongdoing over an alleged transfer of funds from 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), according to senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh.

“They are saying that he’s appointed Attorney-General [by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong] on the advice of the Prime Minister and therefore there’s a conflict of interest.

“We are saying there’s no conflict of interest on the grounds that Article 145(3) has committed in the hands of the Attorney-General the sole power exercisable at his discretion to institute or not to institute criminal proceedings.

“This power is his and his alone, so no conflict of interest,” he told reporters here after emerging from a lengthy five-hour-long hearing in chambers. Read more

Hearing of Zaid Ibrahim’s application to call witnesses against A-G’s decision not to prosecute Najib

Former Cabinet minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is seeking leave from a High Court to subpoena witnesses for his judicial review proceedings over the Attorney General’s decision not to prosecute Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Zaid is applying for leave to initiate proceedings over the A-G’s decision not to prosecute Najib over the claims on RM2.6bil donation and the SRC International Sdn Bhd.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Hanipah Farikullah on Tuesday set May 20 to hear Zaid’s application for leave to subpoena witnesses.

 

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Keputusan Panel Penilaian Operasi (PPO) Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) supaya 2 kertas siasatan membabitkan SRC International Sdn Bhd diserahkan semula kepada peguam negara adalah kerana terdapat bukti kukuh untuk mendakwa Datuk Seri Najib Razak, kata seorang ahli panel.

Beliau yang enggan mendedahkan identitinya berkata, PPO berpengaruh kerana ahlinya diberikan taklimat dan boleh menyemak semula kertas siasatan yang diklasifikasikan “tertangguh” dan “tiada tindakan susulan”.

“Penyiasat SPRM mengumpul ‘bukti mencukupi’ untuk membuktikan kes prima facie terhadap Najib,” kata ahli panel itu kepada The Malaysian Insider.

“Kami membuat kesimpulan itu kerana penyiasat SPRM juga memberikan taklimat kepada kami mengenai kes itu. Mereka juga menjawab segala soalan yang kami ajukan.” Read more

Panel Penasihat Operasi mahu SPRM teruskan siasat derma RM2.6 bilion

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Panel Penasihat Operasi (PPO) Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menggesa agar agensi penguatkuasaan anti rasuah itu meneruskan siasatan mereka berhubung derma RM2.6 bilion yang dimasukkan ke dalam akaun peribadi Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Agensi itu juga diseru memohon bantuan Jabatan Peguam Negara bagi mendapatkan bantuan guaman bersama (MLA) bagi membolehkan SPRM untuk mendapatkan bukti dan dokumen yang diperlukan daripada institusi kewangan.

“Memandangkan siasatan SPRM terhadap dakwaan derma RM2.6 bilion masih belum selesai, panel mencadangkan SPRM meneruskan siasatannya dan mendapatkan bantuan peguam negara untuk mengeluarkan bantuan guaman bersama (MLA), bagi membolehkan SPRM mengambil bukti dan dokumen daripada institusi kewangan yang berpangkalan di luar negara sebagai sebahagian daripada siasatan dana RM2.6 bilion,” kata SPRM, dalam satu kenyataan hari ini. Read more

Panel pemantau SPRM bertemu kali terakhir hari ini, gesa Najib didakwa

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

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Panel Penilaian Operasi Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) akan bertemu untuk kali terakhir hari ini, masih berkeras supaya Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak didakwa atas skandal kewangannya, kata sumber.

Spekulasi hangat timbul ia mungkin dibubarkan selepas tempoh setahun panel yang terdiri daripada kumpulan 8 individu dipengerusikan bekas setiausaha kerajaan negeri Sarawak, Tan Sri Dr Hamid Bugo berakhir hari ini, selepas mereka tidak menerima surat lanjutan perkhidmatan.

Ahli lain panel itu ialah Tan Sri Mohamed Jawhar Hassan, Datuk Zamani Abdul Ghani, Datuk Azizah Arshad, Datuk Wan Abdul Wahab Abdullah, Profesor Dr Normah Omar, Dr Sundramoorthy M Pathmanathan dan Lim Chee Wee.

Jawatankuasa ini menggesa siasatan skandal kewangan perdana menteri dibuka semula, selepas Peguam Negara Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali mengarahkan kes itu ditutup bulan lepas.

Panel Penilaian Operasi (PPO) merupakan salah satu daripada 5 jawatankuasa pengawasan yang dibentuk berikutan penjenamaan semula SPRM pada 2009. Read more

Zaid wants review on AG’s decision not to prosecute Najib

Source: FMT News

Former law minister says AG’s decision is unreasonable and constitutes an improper exercise of discretion.

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PETALING JAYA: Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim wants a judicial review of two decisions made by Attorney-General Apandi Ali in regard to the cases of RM2.6 billion and RM42 million from SRC International channelled into the personal bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2013.

In a statement issued today, Zaid said he had applied to the High Court for relief, by way of judicial review, on the matter of the AG’s decision not to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Razak under the appropriate provisions of the Penal Code and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

He also wanted a judicial review of the AG’s decision to direct the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to close its files on the investigation into offences possibly committed by Najib.

“The substantive grounds of my application are: The decision of the Attorney-General was unreasonable and constituted an improper exercise of discretion.

“The Attorney-General is under a constitutional duty to exercise the discretion conferred on him by the provisions of Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution with due consideration, reasonably in the public interest and with a sense of justice,” Zaid said. Read more

The Attorney General Must Reconsider MACC’s Investigation Papers on the Transfer of Funds into the Personal Bank Accounts of the Prime Minister – Bar Council

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The Malaysian Bar is gravely concerned over the Attorney General’s decision of 26 January 2016 on the three investigation papers submitted to him by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (“MACC”) concerning the transfer of USD681 million (“the purported donation”) and the transfer of funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd (“SRC”), both into the personal bank accounts of the Prime Minister.  The Attorney General has declared that he is satisfied that no criminal offence has been committed by the Prime Minister, and instructed MACC to close the three investigation papers. Read more

MACC confident SRC International probe can be wrapped up by year end

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is confident that investigations into SRC International can be wrapped up by the end of the year.

“We will try our best to complete investigations by the end of this year, Insyallah,” MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull(pic) said after a meeting of MACC directors at the commission’s academy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

SRC International is a former subsidiary of state-owned investment arm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

However, Mohd Shukri remained tight-lipped on the individual under investigation in connection with the company.

“No, no, no. We cannot mention who it is but I am confident that we can complete it by the end of this year,” he said.

Mohd Shukri also brushed aside fears that hidden hands may jeopardise the tasks of the commission.

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