Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Motion filed to summon AG to Parliament over RM2.6b donation

Zikri Kamarulzaman     Published     Updated
A parliamentary motion has been filed to summon attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali to the House to explain his decision not to pursue charges on the RM2.6 billion donation received by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The motion was filed by Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, who said there was conflicting information about the donation.

Khalid said while Apandi declared the funds came from the Saudi royal family, investigations and court cases overseas, including in Singapore, showed that the money allegedly came from 1MDB.

"We want the attorney-general to come to Parliament and reveal facts to the contrary, that can show us the rulings of the Singaporean courts are wrong," he told a press conference in Shah Alam today.

He hoped that if Najib had nothing to hide, then there would be no obstacle to Apandi appearing in Parliament.

The Singapore courts have not specifically touched on the RM2.6 billion donation.

However, in the conviction of Swiss banker Jens Fred Sturzenegger in a 1MDB-related probe, the Singapore court established that four Falcon Private Bank accounts were held by companies controlled by billionaire Jho Low under the alias "Eric Tan Kim Loong".

Two of the Falcon accounts mentioned in the case were held by Granton Property Holdings Ltd and Tanore Finance Corporation.

Tanor Finance was said to be the origin of the US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) in Najib's personal bank accounts.

Critics said the revelation that the accounts were controlled by Low through an alias, indicated a direct money trail link between the prime minister and the businessman.

However, Apandi had cleared Najib of any wrongdoing in the donation scandal in early 2016, insisting that the money came from a member of the Saudi royal family.

Apandi also said that US$620 million of the sum was returned to the donor.

Khalid said he has yet to receive a response to his motion.
 
Previously, debates on the donation as well as the US Department of Justice civil forfeiture suits involving 1MDB had been blocked in Parliament on the grounds that it was sub judice.
Besides a motion to summon Apandi, Khalid said he has also filed a parliamentary question seeking answers regarding the murder of deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais.

He said there has been speculation that Morais, who was attached to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, was killed in September 2015 in relation to the 1MDB case.

In September 2015, six men, including a military doctor, were charged in connection with the case. The hearing is still ongoing.

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