TTF: On the 9th of August 2018, I posted:
Dato’ Seri Najib Razak’s legal team has cried foul over the ‘unfair tactics’ employed by the prosecution over the former prime minister’s criminal case proceedings.
His lawyers claimed that the prosecution handed over a 355-page document and Najib’s written statement on the morning of the court proceedings, despite the defence having requested for it much earlier.
According to lead counsel Tan Sri Mohammad Shafee Abdullah, the prosecution chose to submit the documents on the morning of the proceedings, instead of on the day he was charged.
Then, on the 8th of September, I wrote:
On the 7th of September 2018, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in a statement issued by his office, said his lawyers had received an affidavit signed by an officer in the AG’s Chambers on Thursday (Sept 6) morning.
In the affidavit, the AGC (led by Tommy Thomas) claimed that lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah received payments amounting to RM9.5mil from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak between 2013 and 2014.
However, It is extraordinarily peculiar that the AGC failed to acknowledge that Shafee denied this allegation on record in an affidavit that he have affirmed on Aug 3, 2017, in the proceeding brought about by Anwar in his Originating Summon in the High Court of Kuala Lumpur vide WA-24-36- 06/2017.
On the 8th of September 2018 also, Shafee said:
“When Gani suggested that an agreement is entered into between the government and me for purposes of that assignment, I had suggested RM1 to be the formal consideration amount.
“It was counter-suggested by Gani that an amount of RM1,000 is placed as consideration. This culminated in a written agreement dated July 19, 2013, reflecting the terms of my appointment as the ad hoc deputy public persecutor pursuant to a fiat (a legal authoritative decision that has absolute sanction). This document remains confidential as provided for therein.”
I then wrote:
It is also extraordinarily peculiar that the AGC failed to acknowledge all this this when issuing the 6th September 2018 affidavit.
Finally, on the 9th of September 2018, Shafee entered:
“I am surprised and appalled that Siti Rahayu binti Mohd Mumazaini, a lawyer formally with the firm of Tommy Thomas who now acts as a special officer to the Attorney General Tommy Thomas deems it fit to affirm an affidavit disclosing the matters pertaining to the RM9.5 Million payment to my account when they are purportedly the subject matter of active investigation by MACC.
“Further, she has selectively mentioned some facts in a slanted fashion so as to invite adverse inferences to be drawn on me in relation to the RM9.5 Million payment as if that payment was relevant to the unfounded claims and allegations made by Dato’ Seri Anwar in his Originating Summons.
“I personally refrained to explain all this because the subject matter is under investigation but now I am forced to bring forth the full details of this payments as Dato’ Seri Anwar himself and others similarly minded have been making unfounded allegations that attempts to link the RM9.5 Million to my undertaking of the appeals against Dato’ Seri Anwar.
“I fear this sudden development initiated by Siti Rahayu within the Attorney General’s office as erroneously expressed in her affidavit is deliberate, to allow others like Dato’ Seri Anwar to take advantage of the misleading and motivated averments to be abused against me.
“These recent developments, I fear is a setting to victimise and demonise me and to put unfair pressure on the Attorney General’s Office to take actions against me.”
1. The allegation Shafee made against Tommy Thomas’ special officer is serious as it implies a mala fide attempt on the part of the Attorney-General himself and his Chambers to put he fix on both Shafee and Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak.
2. It is extraordinarily peculiar that the MACC chose to charge Shafee under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti Terrorism Financing Act 2001(AMLATFA) despite not having initiated a probe into Shafee’s claims by calling both Tommy Thomas and Siti Rahayu for questioning.
3 It should be noted that the element of mala fide in Tommy Thomas’ appointment as Attorney-General has long been established and is something TTF is about to expose in concise detail in a Statutory Declaration that will soon be made public.
4. It is our contention that the charges brought against Shafee (see news item below) were with mala fide intent by the Attorney-General’s chambers, the Government of Malaysia and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
5. The validity of this contention will be made public by or before the 17th of September 2018 in black and white.
KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent lawyer Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has claimed trial to two charges of receiving money from the proceeds of illegal activities at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
He pleaded not guilty to two charges under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti Terrorism Financing Act 2001(AMLATFA) involving RM4.3mil and RM5.2mil received from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He also pleaded not guilty to two charges under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001 with predicate offences of omitting the incomes of RM4.3mil and RM5.2mil under the Income Tax Act.
He earlier arrived at Kuala Lumpur Court Complex at 11.15am dressed in a suit and a polka dot tie.
The prosecution was led by former judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram.
Dr Muhammad Shafee was at the Johor Baru High Court to attend to a case on Wednesday (Sept 12) morning and had returned to Kuala Lumpur.
He was scheduled to fly to Penang to handle a Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 case.
He was arrested at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Aiport in Subang before the scheduled flight on Thursday morning.
Dr Muhammad Shafee is leading the defence team for Najib’s charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power.
On Sept 6, the Attorney General’s Chamber issued an affidavit claiming that Dr Muhammad Shafee received payments amounting to RM9.5mil from Najib between 2013 and 2014.
Allegations have surfaced that the payments were made to prosecute Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Sodomy II appeals at the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.
Dr Muhammad Shafee denied the allegations, saying that the payments were for legal services done for Umno and Barisan Nasional.
Source: The Star Online