Attorney-General's Chambers seeks justice after DPP murder, vows to carry on

Attorney-General's Chambers seeks justice after DPP murder, vows to carry on
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PETALING JAYA - The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) wants justice and accountability for the murder of Deputy Public Prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais.

It strongly urged the police to "investigate thoroughly to enable the perpetrators to be identified, found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law".

"This is the least that AGC owes to one of its own, an officer who did the nation proud and who served professionally and with complete dedication and commitment at home and abroad," it said in a statement.

"Morais epitomised the adage 'prosecuting without fear or favour' throughout his long and illustrious career," the AGC said.

It extended its condolences to Morais' family and said the loss of the officer would be deeply felt both professionally and personally.

The AGC said it would never be cowed by threats against its officers.

"The rule of law can never be allowed to be undermined if Malaysia is to uphold parliamentary democracy," it said.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission also called on the police to bring Morais' murderers to justice while the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (ACAB) extended its condolences to the family.

ACAB chairman Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said the loss of Morais would only strengthen the resolve to fight corruption.

Morais' body was found encased in cement inside an oil drum that was dumped into a swamp in Subang Jaya on Wednesday.

The Malaysian Bar has expressed its concern over the circumstances surrounding Morais' death.

"His abduction and subsequent murder were despicable and cowardly acts, and were an attack on the independence of the legal profession," said its president Steven Thiru in a statement yesterday.

He said the Bar supported the AGC's call for the matter to be investigated thoroughly.

"The tragedy that befell Kevin Morais must never recur, and certainly not to any member of the legal profession in the course or discharge of their professional duties," said Steven who extended the Bar's deepest condolences to Morais' family and colleagues.

In Sintok, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi praised the police for their fast action in finding Morais and urged them to follow-up with legal action.

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