IGP: No need to ask Gani Patail about purported charge sheets against PM

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a press conference at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur, July 31, 2015. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during a press conference at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur, July 31, 2015. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s response to purported charge sheets prepared against the prime minister was unnecessary as Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali has denied their authenticity, the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

Khalid added that the rebuttal by Gani’s successor was sufficient to disprove the legitimacy of the documents published by whistleblower website Sarawak Report two days ago.

“The denial was already made by the current AG.

“So why should we ask the former AG?” Khalid asked when pressed on the matter in a press conference held at federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman here.

This morning, PKR legal affairs chief Latheefa Koya insisted that Abdul Gani was the only authority who could vouch for the authenticity or otherwise of the documents.

Khalid also refused to be drawn into speculation surrounding Abdul Gani's replacement, saying it was beyond his purview to comment on the matter.

“I don't want to comment on the matter as the replacement of Tan Sri Abdul Gani is beyond my jurisdiction,” he said.

Khalid was replying on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who, despite being present at the same press conference, refused to take questions on the matter.

Zahid earlier denied that the existence of any such charge sheets, and accused the Sarawak Report website of malice in publishing the purported documents.

Pictures of the document had been published yesterday by whistleblower site Sarawak Report, which claimed to have obtained a copy of corruption charges that were in the final stages of being drafted by Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail against Najib and one other person connected to the 1MDB controversy.

Abdul Gani was abruptly removed as AG in an announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa on Tuesday, ostensibly due to health concerns.

However, the Sabah-born who served as AG nearly 13 years since January 2002 told Malay Mail Online that he had not been aware of his removal until the announcement.

Abdul Gani had been part of a multi-agency government taskforce investigating claims of misappropriated funds involving Najib and 1MDB.

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