RJR: Sarawak Report Chief Editor Clare Rewcastle Brown was among those seen taking interest in “how the prosecution lays out” its case at the High Court where Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s is being tried on counts of corruption.
One wonders what business a person who herself was involved with media exposes related to the case has attending such an event given that her coverage via Sarawak Report formed the basis to Tommy Thomas’ entire case and interest in the matter.
On the 4th of July 2018, during a case mention, Tommy told a Kuala Lumpur court that the whole world knew about Najib’s involvement in the 1MDB scandal.
The AG cited a United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) report and online editorials published via Sarawak Report (SR) as basis to his contention and added that the scandal had brought great shame to the country.
What this means, is not only is Tommy heavily prejudiced against Najib, much of his slants against the former premier are derived from publications that Clare herself authored.
None of those publications adduced any form of evidence admissible in the court of law as evidenced during a trial brought against Clare by Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang at the High Court of Justice in London.
Throughout proceedings, the London court repeatedly warned and reminded Clare to submit evidence to substantiate her defence against Hadi’s claim that one of her publications was defamatory against him.
The publication in question purported that several of PAS’ top echelons had received a RM90 million bribe from Najib.
Clare could easily have submitted all her publications as evidence that “Najib was the sort of man who was corrupt enough to bribe Hadi and PAS’ top echelons.”
Instead, not only did she waste the court’s time by dragging the case, she failed to produce even a shred of evidence and threw in my name out of desperation by accusing me of being Hadi’s agent.
All of this goes a long way to show that Tommy’s case against Najib may be heavily tainted with prejudice given the AG’s reliance on conjectural pieces by a UK con artist.
As it is, Clare is the prime suspect in a money laundering scandal involving lawyer Americk Sidhu, Rameli Musa, Bank Negara and Maybank to remit RM1.4 million into her private bank account in the United Kingdom (UK).
There is something is terribly fishy about her attendance at the court complex today.
KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawak Report’s editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown was among those seen at the High Court here, where Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s graft trial is taking place.
“I’m interested to see how the prosecution lays out this case. There’s a lot of information that journalists were not aware of,” she told reporters outside the courtroom.
Rewcastle-Brown however was among several people unable to enter the courtroom as there were limited number of seats in the public gallery.
Also denied entry was former Padang Serai member of Parliament N. Gobalakrishnan, who said the public should not be stopped from entering the court.
“As a citizen, I have the right to enter a public court and listen to the proceedings,” said Gobalakrishnan who was accompanied by about 10 of Najib’s supporters.
He was voicing out his frustration while recording a video outside the courtroom, before Sentul District police chief Assistant Commissioner S. Shanmugamoorthy put a stop to it.
Najib, 66, arrived at the court complex accompanied by his youngest son Ashman.
He is facing seven charges relating to criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering involving RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds.