Attorney-General must come clean on 1MDB, says anti-graft group

Attorney-General must come clean on 1MDB, says anti-graft group

PETALING JAYA: Attorney-General Tan Sri Apandi Ali must come clean as to why he is not pressing charges against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) despite being told by Bank Negara Malaysia that it should be hauled up, said Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M).

TI-M president Datuk Akhbar Satar said there was a difference between helping the state investment arm to get out of its financial mess and bringing to justice those who have abused their power.

"The A-G has yet to explain why the request from Bank Negara was rejected despite Bank Negara making an appeal.

"Given the circumstances of the new A-G's appointment and his links with the ruling party, he should come clean and be transparent to explain why and what is the justification for not proceeding to press charges against the 1MDB officials," it said in a statement on Monday.

Akhbar also said the international corruption watchdog urged 1MDB officials to immediately comply with the central bank's instruction, which was to repatriate the investments abroad totalling US$1.83bil (RM7.58bil).

Although 1MDB had said it would be able to do as the funds were either spent or were going to be used for debt transfer, Akhbar said this would only set a "dangerous precedent".

"TI-M urges 1MDB officials to immediately comply with Bank Negara's instruction. It is reiterated that, this is not a query from Bank Negara for 1MDB to explain, but a directive that 1MDB must comply.

"If 1MDB does not comply with Bank Negara's directives, this will be a very dangerous precedent where parties at fault are able to give excuses and justifications to avoid compliance," he said.

Akhbar then went on to slam the detention of former Batu Kawan Umno division deputy chief, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

"TI-M strongly condemns the use of this law to detain whistle-blowers without trial. If the police have strong reasons to believe the duo are a threat to national security they should be charged and tried accordingly.

"Detaining them for 28 days without trial is an abuse of power by the authorities. What has happened to all the government's promises of no-abuse when Sosma was first introduced?" he asked.

He said the detention contradicted the purpose of Sosma, which was to provide special measures relating to security offences.

"TI-M does not see the nexus between the objectives of the Act and with the detention of Khairuddin and Matthias," said Akhbar.

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