FORMER attorney general Tommy Thomas resigned on February 28, days after it became clear the Perikatan Nasional coup coalition would form the government.
Yet the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) in their May 14 statement following the dismissal not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) of a RM1.08 billion money laundering case involving Riza Aziz, the stepson of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, pointed to the decision being made with Thomas’ agreement.
Thomas has categorically denied that was the case in a detailed statement yesterday, following MACC director general Azam Baki’s insistence that Thomas had in fact agreed.
“The agreement between the prosecution and the accused through representation in court was a decision considered and agreed by the former Attorney General, Tan Sri Tommy Thomas,” said MACC in its statement on May 14.
Now netizens have effectively used Google to possibly open a can of worms by simply tracing media reports from April 2, when Riza’s lawyer Hariharan Singh was himself quoted as stating the attorney general’s chambers had yet to answer representation to review his charges.
Thus the question for the MACC to answer now is how Thomas could have approved anything that had yet to be approved more than a month after he had resigned.
Thomas himself has accused the MACC of lying.
The Sundaily report from April 2 in this link:
The Malaysiakini report from April 2 in this link:
Malaysiakini reported that the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur on May 14 granted movie producer a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) for money laundering involving US$248 million (RM1.08 billion) linked to 1MDB funds.
The report added that Judge Azman Ahmad allowed the application by ad hoc prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram on grounds that an agreement had been reached where the accused will hand over “several million” ringgit to the federal government. It stated the DNAA would be subject to Riza returning a portion of the sum to the government.
Critics cite the involvement of hidden hands in the case, with former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad leading the chorus, questioning the legal process, which now made it seem like the lawnow “permitted robbers to be freed if they returned a sum of what they had stolen.”
Earlier report with the full transcript of Tommy Thomas’ press statement: