“Ms. Rewcastle will keep lying under oath just to prevent the trial from coming to an end. She is well aware that Hadi isn’t party to publications by The Third Force or Malaysia Today, but knows that the court will keep granting her time to substantiate her claims. With the time allotted, she will continue to provoke the Prime Minister and hope The Third Force and Malaysia Today will react. Under the circumstances we do, she will enter further submissions to tell the court that Hadi conspired with Najib to harass her”
THE THIRD FORCE
Clare Rewcastle Brown is playing a new game.
After spending three years publishing fake money trails, emails transcripts, banking documents and what have you, the least she could have done was present that ‘evidence’ to support claims that Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak was capable of bribing Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang RM90 million. Instead, she threw another bolt from the blue, this time, accusing the very man suing her for defamation of being party to publications by The Third Force and Malaysia Today.
At least, that was the claim by Free Malaysia Today’s (FMT) V. Anbalagan, who wrote that the news portal sighted court papers describing articles by The Third Force and Malaysia Today as “viciously or racially abusing.” But nowhere was it mentioned the headings of those articles or how exactly they related to Hadi or the London proceedings.
Yes, quoting nameless sources and presenting half-baked stories are things you should expect each time you log on to FMT and Sarawak Report. The correct thing for Anbalagan to do would have been to recap the whole controversy surrounding Ms. Rewcastle’s more than incredible claims against Hadi. Somewhere along the way, the FMT reporter should have made plain her failure to furnish a London Court with evidence that Najib bribed Hadi with millions that originated from 1MDB.
Here itself, you can see stuff Anbalagan should have included in his narrative but chose not to. He wanted to steer the conversation away from key elements that would have painted a very different picture from the one he presented. Had he weaved some chronology through his narrative, it would have revealed how the Sarawak Report Chief Editor was subverting justice just to prevent the London Court from ruling against her favour.
But he didn’t.
In light of this, I have taken the liberty to abstract events as they unfolded just to let you see what the FMT reporter did not want you to see. To kick things off, I refer you to an incident that took place on the 13th of December 2016. On that day Hadi’s United Kingdom (UK) lawyers issued Ms. Rewcastle a Letter of Claim Pursuant to the Pre-Action Protocol for Defamation.
In other words, Hadi’s lawyers initiated action pursuant to law by sending Ms.Rewcastle a legal notice. The said notice came attached with three demands, the first of of which required the UK based portal to retract an article alleging the aforementioned bribe. The second and third demands were for Sarawak Report to issue an apology and for the portal to give an undertaking not to publish similar claims in future.
Now, despite telling a London Court much later that she ignored all letters issued by Hadi’s lawyers, on the 8th of April 2017, the Sarawak Report Chief Editor was quoted by FMT as saying this:
“They threatened to sue me within a week if I didn’t do lots of things in mid-December… but didn’t.”
But she acted too soon.
Nineteen days after that cocky and sarcastic jibe, Hadi got his lawyers to file a defamation suit against her and Sarawak Report at a High Court in London. The suit pertained allegations that Najib solicited political favours from Hadi by offering the latter a bribe worth RM90 million that originated from 1MDB.
Ideally, the suit should have been the ‘chance of a lifetime’ for Ms. Rewcastle to prove what she had been saying all along, that the Prime Minister of Malaysia was criminally perverse and morally corrupt, enough to offer bribes just to tighten his grip on government. Instead, she failed to offer the London Court even a shred of the “smoking gun evidence” she claimed to possess despite being given months to do so.
But that’s not all.
This lady had the cheek to tell the presiding judge that she ignored letters sent by Hadi’s lawyers as none of the others she received seemed to end in court battles. She made that bold yet reckless claim during a Case Management hearing held on the 6th of August 2017, called to decide the amount Hadi needed to deposit with the court as security. Now, can you imagine anyone telling a judge something like that?
Not only did the bizarre admission reflect her arrogance, it bore traits of a habitual delinquent who made a living out of pissing people off. As if to prove the point, she told the judge that Hadi was complicit with the Malaysian judiciary and Najib to subvert trials in Malaysia. The shocking yet bold claim followed a reminder by Hadi’s lawyers that she was at liberty to sue the PAS president in Malaysia should the latter default his obligations.
Now, if I were the judge, would you blame me for thinking that she is a sick twist who sees conspiracy in everything?
To date, the only ‘evidence’ she ever presented the London Court with is her determination to throw both Najib and Hadi under the bus. If I were the judge, I would probably have sensed by now her determination to drag the trial for some reason or other. Perhaps that explains why the London Court refused to grant her an extension on the 30th of August 2017.
Perhaps, the court knows what you and I already know, that she lacks evidence to prove anything, forget the RM90 million bribe. By denying her an extension, the judge probably wanted to cut a long story short and get her to seek an out of court settlement. But the conniving Ms. Rewcastle refused to do so, preferring instead to drag the trial past the 14th general election (GE14).
Yes, under no circumstances does the Sarawak Report Chief Editor want the trial to come to an end. She knows that the UK court will rule in Hadi’s favour should she fail to file diversions. That explains why she resorted to dragging The Third Force and Malaysia Today into the picture. Not only did that help prolong the trial, it prevented Najib from gaining political mileage by announcing that Sarawak Report was proven to be full of lies.
Now, see how the truth oozes out when you piece a story together against a well-researched backdrop? Read the above, and you will realise how Anbalagan was trying to steer the conversation away from the obvious – that Ms. Rewcastle cooked up the entire Hadi colluded with Najib, The Third Force and Malaysia Today story just to drag the London trial.
The version Anbalagan presented was designed to have you believe that Najib did bribe Hadi, that The Third Force and Malaysia Today are in cahoots with the PAS president and Prime Minister to prevent the truth from ever coming out.
So, what will happen next?
Ms. Rewcastle will keep lying under oath just to prevent the trial from coming to an end. She is well aware that Hadi isn’t party to publications by The Third Force or Malaysia Today, but knows that the court will keep granting her time to substantiate her claims. With the time allotted, she will continue to provoke the Prime Minister and hope The Third Force and Malaysia Today will react. Under the circumstances we do, she will enter further submissions to tell the court that Hadi conspired with Najib to harass her.
Did I not tell you this lady is full of shit?