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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ex-top cop dissects AG claim of Saudi donor in police report

Former Kuala Lumpur police Criminal Investigation Department chief Mat Zain Ibrahim has lodged a police report against attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali over the RM2.6 billion donation scandal.

In the report lodged on Wednesday, Mat Zain claimed that the AG is suspected to have "abused his powers, hidden information, and or used false statements" when clearing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of wrongdoing in the donation case.

In his report, Mat Zain dissected Apandi's claims that the donation came from the son of a Saudi King, to prove his claim that the AG had allegedly given false information.

Citing the Forbes 2013 list of the world's richest Arabs, Mat Zain said only four princes were in the list.

They are Prince Alwaleed Talal who then had a reported fortune of US$20 billion; Prince Sultan Mohammed with US$2.6 billion; Prince Abdullah Musaad with US$144.5 million; and Prince Mutaib Abdulaziz with US$110.1 million.

Of the four, only Prince Mutaib is the son of a king, but his US$110.1 million nett worth is far less than the US$681 million donated to Najib.

Mat Zain surmised that if Najib did return US$620 million to the donor in August 2013, the donor would have climbed up the Forbes list.

However, Prince Mutaib did not make it to Forbes' 2014 list of wealthy Arabs, making Prince Alwaleed, Prince Sultan, and Prince Abdullah the only Saudi royals named in the annual shortlist, noted the former top cop.

Mat Zain said these deductions rendered Apandi's remarks on the RM2.6 billion donation "false, and suspected to have been made up".

Mat Zain was the officer investigating Anwar Ibrahim's infamous black eye incident, in which he found that the former deputy prime minister was assaulted by former inspector-general of police Rahim Noor.

Since his retirement he has also been an ardent government critic calling to attention various cases which he believes involved breach of proper procedures by the government.

US$620 million never returned

The former crime-buster also believes that the US$620 million was not returned physically, but that it was just a "paper move".

He has submitted a copy of the report to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri.

He hopes the cabinet would urge the Agong to form a royal commission of inquiry to probe Apandi's conduct.

The solicitor-general's office has also received a copy of the report.

Malaysiakini has contacted Apandi over the matter and is awaiting his response.

The AG had in January cleared Najib of any wrongdoing in the RM2.6 billion donation and RM42 million SRC International cases.

Apandi said he did not find any grounds for action after thoroughly examining the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's investigation papers on the cases.

Najib has consistently denied misusing public funds for personal gain, claiming that the money in his account were from donors, while denouncing accusations against him as attempts to depose him.

- Msiakini

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