“Not only did the Sarawak Report Chief Editor deny this (the latest allegation against her), she has yet to debunk articles in which I accused her of conspiring to sabotage 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) and to turn the Chinese government against the administration of Najib”
KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial Sarawak Report’s chief editor Clare Rewcastle Brown has allegedly failed to furnish evidence at the London High Court over claims that Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had received an RM90 million bribe from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Political news portal The Third Force’s writer Raggie Jessy in a posting said Brown had fell short in meeting a 4pm deadline (United Kingdom time) yesterday, to substantiate the allegations, thus violating a court order dated Aug 2, 2017, which required her to file and serve defence by the stipulated date and time.
“As a result, the Sarawak Report Chief Editor will now have to return to court in October, where it is likely that her counsel will make another attempt to seek an extension.
“Nonetheless, today’s development is set to trigger an alarm within the (Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad)-led Malaysian opposition coalition that has painstakingly demonised Najib based on her articles,” the writer said.
Following Dr Mahathir’s cooperation with Brown and use of her articles to criticise Najib, Raggie contended the former prime minister would now have to clarify Brown’s failure to produce the evidence.
The writer alleged Dr Mahathir was likely to be concerned over the public’s view of him, and raise the question whether Brown was paid to smear Najib’s reputation.
“The onus is now on Dr Mahathir to explain just why Clare failed to produce the ‘smoking gun evidence’ that served as the basis to his attacks against the leadership of Najib.
“The former premier’s biggest fear is that Malaysians will begin to see him for the crook he is, and question if he did indeed pay Clare off to blacken Najib’s name.”
Hadi is suing Brown over an allegedly defamatory article titled ‘As Najib Denies All Over 1MDB, Let’s Not Forget His Many Other Criminal Connections – COMMENT’ published on Aug 6 last year, which plaintiff had claimed as being false.
The article purportedly alleges that Hadi had received bribes from Najib to the tune of RM90 million. Hadi was represented by lawyers from the legal firm of Carter-Ruck and barrister Jacob Dean.
Raggie said the Pas president had instructed his lawyers to demand an apology from Brown through three letters, none of which she has responded to.
“Despite having ample time since last year to put together her evidence, Brown failed to offer a shred of it, meaning the abundance of documents she claims to possess against Najib, are nothing but fabrications. If indeed the documents were genuine, why is she so reluctant to adduce them? Wouldn’t the submission of such ‘evidences’ have convinced the judge that Najib was a shoddy character capable of bribing someone like Hadi?
“Her failure to do so goes a long way to show that she had malicious intent to depose a democratically elected leader of a sovereign nation. And now that the tide seems to be against her favour, she attempted to drag the trial past the 14th general election (GE14), by seeking an extension from the judge.”
In reiterating against Brown’s credibility, Raggie said Brown had yet to deny a recent confirmation by “whistleblower sources” from the United States over allegations of Dr Mahathir channelling “millions” to her accounts in efforts to topple Najib.
“Not only did the Sarawak Report Chief Editor deny this (the latest allegation against her), she has yet to debunk articles in which I accused her of conspiring to sabotage 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) and to turn the Chinese government against the administration of Najib.”
Source: NST Online