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KUALA LUMPUR - Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has withdrawn his originating summons against 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s top three investigators.
The three are Attorney General Tommy Thomas, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Mohd Shukri Abdull, and Commercial Crime Investigation Division director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh.
Lawyer Badrul Hisham Abdullah, who represented the plaintiff, confirmed the withdrawal when contacted.
The withdrawal, he said, was based on grounds that the suit was filed before Najib was charged at the High Court with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power.
“We need to realign the case as the scenario has changed,” he said on Monday.
On June 30, Najib filed the originating summons against the three individuals separately.
In his originating summons filed against Thomas, Najib said the former had written an article entitled “Grand Larceny in 1MDB” on July 2016, and published on news portal Malaysiakini.
He claimed Thomas' article had concluded that he (Najib) had taken the money from 1MDB.
Najib said Thomas' stand against him was evident in the article and Thomas should have not been involved in the investigation.
In his summons against Mohd Shukri, Najib claimed that the MACC chief had prematurely concluded in a press conference that he had taken RM42mil and RM2.6bil from SRC International Sdn Bhd, formerly a 1MDB subsidiary.
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Najib stressed that the press conference was conducted before he was summoned by MACC to have his statement recorded to assist investigations into SRC International.
He said the statement made by Mohd Shukri during the press conference was emotionally charged and vengeful, apart from portraying him as guilty.
Meanwhile, in his supporting affidavit for his originating summons against Amar Singh, Najib said the police chief was responsible in leading police raids at premises resided by his children at Pavilion Residence and one loaned by a friend to store items moved from his official residence in Seri Perdana.