The Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali should give a simple and straightforward answer of “Yes” or “No” whether he had tried to persuade the Swiss Attorney-General Michael Lauber to drop 1MDB-related investigations, and if so, the reasons for his request and whether he had the sanction of the Prime Minister or the Cabinet for such a request to his Swiss counterpart.
The attempt by the Malaysian authorities to get the Swiss Attorney-General’s Office to drop 1MDB-related investigations came to light in the Reuters report entitled “Swiss AG suspects US$4 billion (RM16.6 billion) misappropriated, seeks Malaysia’s help” last Friday which referred to a meeting in Zurich in September last year where Lauber had discussed the 1MDB case with his Malaysian counterpart.
The Reuters report stated:
“Sources familiar with the September discussion between the two law enforcement officials said that the Malaysian official strongly urged Lauber to abandon his 1MDB-related investigation.”
If Apandi had tried to persuade the Swiss authorities to drop its 1MDB-related investigations, then his recent statement that he will co-operate with his Swiss counterparts regarding 1MDB-related investigations will have to be taken with a huge pinch of salt.
At the DAP Malacca “Solidarity with Lim Kit Siang & Mana RM2.6 billion?” dinner at Machap Umboo on Sunday night, I had asked what would have happened to me if I had RM2.6 billion in my bank account deposited from foreign sources, whether the Attorney-General would exonerate me and declare that I am not guilty of any wrongdoing and that no charges would be preferred against me if I had said that I did not know who had deposited that gargantuan sum of money into my account, that two months later I had returned 78% of the deposits, i.e. RM2.03 billion out of the RM2.6 billion, to the donor without saying what I have done to the balance of the RM570 million?
This is some of the responses to my query on my Blog, Twitter and Facebook:
• You would be fried and grilled until you vomit out the RM2.6 billion.
• RM2.6billion? I dare say even if there was only a few thousand RM of foreign money, they would have been investigated and made sure someone said it was on behalf of the Jews.
• You’d be history!
• you will be charged for at least three offences with the most serious one being treason and sentence to death!
• you would be DSAI’s cellmate.
• They will lock u up and throw away the key. Haha
• You would have been termed a traitor and jailed under ISA. Najib is still a free man and none of the cases could stick. What a shame. We have a justice system which breaks all the rules.
• Lifetime in prison…
May be, Apandi would like to explain why Malaysians are convinced that there are such double standards in the application of laws in Malaysia with him as Attorney-General?