Posts Tagged ‘Sodomy II

08
Jul
17

Dr M has no objection to Anwar becoming PM

Father of modern Malaysia backs jailed former deputy in attempt to oust PM

Mahathir Mohamad says former deputy Anwar Ibrahimm, jailed on charges of sodomy, should be freed to contest election against scandal-ridden Najib

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Father of modern Malaysia backs jailed former deputy in attempt to oust PM
6 July 2017 – The Guardian

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21
Jun
17

The Very Strange Case Of Special Prosecutor

‘Independent Individual’? The Very Strange Case Of Special Prosecutor Shafee Abdullah

Sarawak Report has invited lawyer Shafee Abdullah to explain the very large personal payments made to him by Prime Minister Najib Razak out of money stolen from 1MDB totalling RM9.5 million.

Task Force investigation documents show that the second payment of RM5.3 million was paid just a fortnight before the Appeal Court over-turned an earlier High Court acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on charges of sodomy. In an unorthodox move, the private barrister had been brought in to lead that prosecution by the Najib administration.

So far Shafee has not provided any explanation or responded to the press. Sarawak Report understands that he cancelled engagements at the end of the week, citing he was unwell. He has not denied the figures, which are contained in documents where other payments have been confirmed (including payments to Najib’s brother).
Labour of Love?

It raises some extraordinary issues, because back in 2014 the public was told to believe that this high-powered barrister, a known favourite of the Najib administration, had conducted the entire Appeal prosecution against Anwar for a paltry sum of just RM1,000 (US$230 at present rates).

This was the sum that Nancy Shukri, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, provided to Parliament when questioned on this very matter, owing to the unusual nature of Shafee’s appointment to a job that would normally have been done by members of the Public Prosecution Service.

The opposition parties had suspected that Shafee must have been paid far above the normal rates at public expense to conduct the Appeal and then to further take the case through the Federal Court. However, Shukri stunned them with the opposite information.

In an extraordinary statement she said that the government had made an exception to normal rules of privacy in this case, in order to disclose the miscroscopic fee. In fact, the minster added, Shafee had wanted to do the job for nothing at all, hence the token payment. “We wanted to be transparent” she said:

“Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said she had obtained the agreement of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and Muhammad Shafee himself to reveal the amount after the matter was raised repeatedly in the house.

The matter was kept confidential to respect the ethics of professionalism and confidentiality of communication between employer and client, she said when replying to a question from Er Teck Hwa (DAP-Bakri), reported Bernama.

Er had wanted to know how much Muhammad Shafee was paid as the lead prosecutor during the hearing of Anwar’s case in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

The Federal Court upheld a Court of Appeal decision convicting Anwar and sentencing him to five year’s jail after finding him guilty of having sodomised his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, in 2008.

Nancy also said that Muhammad Shafee had not sought a fee for his service but an agreement was reached on the payment.

“He had not wanted any payment for his service but we wanted to be transparent and after providing him with the terms of reference, we agreed on a fee,” she said.

Nancy also dismissed Er’s assumption that Muhammad Shafee’s appointment as the lead prosecutor indicated the weakness of staff in the Attorney-General’s Chambers to handle the case.

She said the appointment of an independent individual was aimed at averting accusations by certain quarters. [Malaysian Times, March 2015]

However, the central to the opposition case was that Shafee Abdullah was not an “independent individual”. He was a known close confidante of the Prime Minister, who had a direct interest in jailing Anwar, a powerful political opponent who had got more votes at the previous election.

Shafee Abdullah was also a material witness to the case, according to the defence, because the lawyer had been in Najib’s house the very day and time that the alleged victim admitted he had been discussing his plans to denounce Anwar Ibrahim with the Prime Minister (a meeting Najib had at first attempted to deny).

Anwar’s case, therefore, was that there had been a clear conspiracy to frame and jail him and that Shafee Abdullah was at the centre of it. However, the court refused to dismiss the unusual move to appoint this “independent individual” to conduct the prosecution in the place of the prosecution service.

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‘Independent Individual’? The Very Strange Case Of Special Prosecutor Shafee Abdullah
3 June 2017 – SR

20
Jun
17

Bar joins calls for probe into report of RM9.5 million payment to lawyer

Bar joins calls for probe into report of RM9.5 million payment to lawyer

THE Malaysian Bar has urged police to investigate the “serious” allegations that the lead prosecutor in Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial was paid RM9.5 million by Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Bar president George Varughese told FMT that while it would be premature for the Bar to refer the lawyer to the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board due to insufficient evidence of misconduct, police must launch a thorough investigation quickly.

“Police must probe the case thoroughly since the allegation is very serious,” said Varughese.

On May 31, whistleblower site Sarawak Report reported that prominent Umno lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, the lead prosecutor in Anwar’s trial, was paid RM9.5 million, which came directly from Najib’s 1MDB slush fund accounts.

Shafee has declined to respond to The Malaysian Insights requests for comment.

Yesterday, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman filed a report urging police to investigate the whistleblower’s claims for the sake of the good name of the Malaysian judiciary. – June 3, 2017.

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Bar joins calls for probe into report of RM9.5 million payment to lawyer
3 Jun 2017 – Malaysian Insight

15
Jun
17

Call for probe into claims that Anwar’s prosecutor got money from Najib

Call for an independent prosecutor to be appointed to probe into claims that Anwar’s prosecutor got money from Najib

I fully support PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s call for Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, the lawyer who successfully led the prosecution that secured his sodomy conviction, to be investigated.

Anwar made the call after allegations emerged that Shafee received RM9.5 million from the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in two tranches – on Sept 11, 2013, and on Feb 17, 2014.

Anwar said: “The claim by Sarawak Report that RM9.5 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd funds were transferred from Najib’s personal bank account to Shafee’s personal bank account is very serious.

“This matter urgently needs to be investigated by the authorities. What is the purpose of Najib transferring such large amount of funds to the personal bank account of a private lawyer who the Najib administration appointed to handle my prosecution?”

The Prime Minister or the Attorney-General should firstly disclose how much Shafie had cost the government and the taxpayers for engaging Shafie to lead the prosecution team against Anwar, firstly, at the Court of Appeal and secondly, at the Federal Court, when this was the task of the Attorney-General. What were the special or extraordinary circumstances justifying the appointment of Shafee as prosecutor for Anwar’s case.

The Court of Appeal on March 7, 2014, overturned the decision of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, which acquitted Anwar, and sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment. The Federal Court on Feb 10, 2015, upheld the Court of Appeal’s conviction of Anwar.

Malaysians are entitled to know whether Najib’s RM9.5 million payment to Shafie had anything to do with the two Anwar appeal cases at the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.

Furthermore, the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohamad Apani should appoint an independent prosecutor to probe into claims that Anwar’s prosecutor got money from Najib, and the integrity of Anwar’s charge, trial and imprisonment.

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Call for an independent prosecutor to be appointed to probe into claims that Anwar’s prosecutor got money from Najib
3 June 2017 – blog.limkitsiang.com

14
Jun
17

Why was the lead prosecutor in my trial paid by Najib, Anwar asks

Why was the lead prosecutor in my trial paid by Najib, Anwar asks

JAILED de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has joined the chorus of voices asking why the lead prosecutor in his sodomy trial was allegedly paid by Prime Minister Najib Razak.

In a statement today, Anwar said the Sarawak Report’s allegation that the prime minister had transferred RM9.5 million to lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was “very severe”.

“This has to be investigated by the authorities immediately.

“What was the purpose of the huge funds channelled by Najib into the private account of the lawyer, who was appointed by Najib’s government to handle the prosecution against me?

“The more serious question now is – who else has received money from SRC International through Najib’s personal account?” said Anwar.

Whistleblower site Sarawak Report reported in its article “Najib Paid Anwar’s Prosecutor RM9.5 Million From 1MDB Slush Fund WHY?” on May 31 that Shafee was the “biggest individual recipient of money from Najib’s 1MDB slush fund accounts”.

It reported that Najib allegedly paid Shafee RM5.2 million in February 2014 and RM4.3 million in September 2013.

Sarawak report said the money came from the bank account “that had been identified as having been fund by money from the 1MDB subsidiary SRC, which had borrowed some RM4 billion from the civil service pension fund KWAP”.

Shafee did not respond to calls or messages from The Malaysian Insight.

Sarawak Report said the RM5.2 million Shafee allegedly received in February 2014 came just a fortnight before the Appeal Court overturned an earlier acquittal for opposition leader Anwar’s sodomy charge.

Shafee was appointed as the public prosecutor during the appeal against the acquittal of the PKR de facto leader, who was on sodomy charges in 2014.

Earlier today, PKR Youth lodged a police report urging the police to investigate the claims by Sarawak Report. – June 2, 2017.

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Why was the lead prosecutor in my trial paid by Najib, Anwar asks
2 Jun 2017 – Malaysian Insight

13
Jun
17

Probe Umno lawyer for conspiracy, says PKR Youth

Probe Umno lawyer for conspiracy, says PKR Youth

PKR Youth have lodged a police report over allegations that Prime Minister Najib Razak had paid prominent lawyer Mohammed Shafee Abdullah RM9.5 million from a 1Malaysia Development Berhad slush fund account.

PKR Youth deputy chief Dr Afif Bahardin said if there was truth in the article, it meant there was a concerted effort to move funds to Shafee, and a political conspiracy to put then opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim back in jail.

Shafee was appointed as lead prosecutor, a move which raised eyebrows, in Anwar’s sodomy trial at the Court of Appeals in 2014 where his acquittal was overturned.

“The transfer of money coincided with Anwar’s case. We are not saying the Sarawak Report story is the gospel truth. We want the police to investigate the claims,” he told reporters outside the Central Seberang Prai district police headquarters today.

Whistleblower site Sarawak Report reported in its article “Najib Paid Anwar’s Prosecutor RM9.5 Million From 1MDB Slush Fund WHY?” on May 31 that Shafee was the “biggest individual recipient of money from Najib’s 1MDB slush fund accounts”.

It reported that Najib allegedly paid Shafee RM5.2 million in February 2014 and RM4.3 million in September 2013.

The site said the money came from the bank account “that had been identified as having been funded by money from the 1MDB subsidiary SRC, which had borrowed some RM4 billion from the civil service pension fund (Retirement Inc Fund) KWAP”.

Shafee did not respond to calls or messages by The Malaysian Insight.

“This happened when PKR was getting ready for the Kajang by-election in 2014. There are too many coincidences,” Afif said.

He said Anwar could have contested in the by-election, won and become Selangor Mentri Besar that year if the Court of Appeals upheld his acquittal.

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Probe Umno lawyer for conspiracy, says PKR Youth
2 Jun 2017 – Malaysian Insight

06
Jun
17

A ‘public’ prosecutor wouldn’t be paid with ‘private’ money

A ‘public’ prosecutor wouldn’t be paid with ‘private’ money

YOURSAY | ‘ If the allegations aren’t true, then why are they so silent? Why aren’t they issuing denials or suing Sarawak Report?’

Nazri: No impact on Anwar’s trial even if PM paid Shafee

The Observer: Is this an admission that the allegations (lawyer Shafee Abdullah was paid millions of ringgit by Prime Minister Najib Razak) are true?

In other countries, this would have been a scandal of the highest order causing the president or PM to step down. What about here?

Ryan: While Najib may apparently not be a ‘public officer’, he could transfer public funds to his private accounts and use the funds in his private accounts to pay a private lawyer to act as a public servant to sue a private citizen.

Welcome to Bolehland.

The Fog of Life: This is yet another example that confirms that good values among our leadership are non-existent.

The issue is that minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and the rest in Umno can’t even see (read: “Don’t want to see”) the potential legal and ethical issues with the report and the need to address this grave concern.

There is no point asking for transparency and honesty, the agenda is simply the very opposite.

Bluemountains: It is very shameful if a lawyer pretends not to know the implications. The money trail can show the ultimate beneficiaries if the authorities are truly independent and willing to get to the bottom of it.

Tholu: If for just being a hired prosecutor, one gets paid RM9.5 million, I will sell all my properties including my house and car, and take up law in the hope that one day I too will be hired as a government prosecutor and earn an amount that no present day defence lawyers can earn in their lifetime.

Mushiro: Mohamed Nazri himself suggested that the only thing that can change the outcome is if the judge was paid off. Is Mohamed Nazri implying that judges do not take money in Malaysia?

Oscar Kilo: You told us that he was hired by the government to be the public prosecutor, but if Najib personally paid the lawyer, then he is no longer a public prosecutor but instead a personal prosecutor.

Now that’s a conflict of interest.

Mikey!: A public prosecutor isn’t supposed to be a gun for hire. This is the point. Mohamed Nazri, a trained lawyer should know.

If a public prosecutor can be hired to put the screws on someone then no one will be safe. I’m sure there is a law on this.

Krissman: Nazri, even brownnosing has limits. Think just for a second like an ordinary citizen and put yourself in jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s shoes. Tell me you still feel the same way as you do now.

I don’t believe you would.

Debater: Nazri has missed the point. The point is not the effect of the payment on the outcome. The point is that it is wrong to pay the lawyer to act as a public prosecutor from a PM’s private account, with allegedly dirty money.

Worse, it was supposed to be the public prosecutor’s case. In other words, the PM had made it his own personal case if he had indeed paid Shafee.

XED: Let us get this straight. Parliament was informed that Muhammad Shafee was paid only RM1,000 for his services, and now there is a RM9.5 million trail from Najib to Muhammad Shafee two weeks before the Court of Appeal hearing of the prosecution’s appeal against Anwar’s acquittal.

If the roles were reversed and BN were in the opposition and it was its leader instead who had suffered Anwar’s fate, then BN would have accused the other side of corruption and abuse of power.

Anonymous #28648954: Dear Nazri, if the allegations aren’t true, then why are Najib and Shafee so silent? Why aren’t they issuing denials?

And why aren’t they suing Sarawak Report for the expose? It would be a sure win for them in court, wouldn’t it?

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A ‘public’ prosecutor wouldn’t be paid with ‘private’ money
5 June 2017 – malaysiakini




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