Controversy over decision to discharge Riza Aziz should end with AG's statement, says Sri Ram
KUALA LUMPUR: The controversy surrounding the decision to discharge film producer Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz over money laundering charges should end with the Attorney General's statement, says the case's lead prosecutor.
Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram (pic), who led the prosecution against the stepson of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, responded briefly when asked to comment on Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun's statement on Sunday (May 17).
"Once (the) AG has made a statement, that is the end of the matter," said the former federal court judge in a text message to The Star.
On Thursday (May 14), Riza was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the Sessions Court here over five counts of money laundering involving US$248mil (RM1.25bil) linked to the controversial 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Following the court's decision, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement that the government was expected to recover overseas assets worth an estimated US$107.3mil (RM465.3mil) following an agreement struck between the prosecution and the accused.
It also said that the agreement, through representation to the authorities, was a decision considered and agreed to by former AG Tan Sri Tommy Thomas.
Thomas, however, denied this in his statement to a news portal.
On Saturday (May 16), Thomas came out again giving his version of the story after the MACC said it stood by its first statement.
In a statement issued by the Attorney General's Chambers on Sunday morning, Idrus said Thomas had "in principle" agreed to the terms of settlement with Riza over his money laundering charges related to 1MDB funds.
Idrus, who took office in March this year after Thomas resigned a month earlier, said he acted upon the advice of his predecessor's position on the case.
"I have been further advised that Sri Ram, in consultation with the then MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya, suggested that the proposals laid down in the letter of representation be accepted by MACC.
"I have also been advised that Thomas had agreed to the suggestion in principle.
"This paved the way for further negotiations and planning of the mechanism to be adopted, to take place," said Idrus.
The letter of representation by Riza's solicitors had sought for a review of the criminal charges against their client by proposing among others that the properties and monies seized from Riza be forfeited to the government.
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how is that cleared? now u talk moral or law?ReplyDelete
Atuk now clear but KT is still ignorant about 1MDB.....ha ha ha...ReplyDelete
All Idrus statement showed was he is likely to be another one of a long line of Dishonoroubale "Cari Makan" Attorney Generals.ReplyDelete
Tommy Thomas was like a breath of fresh air after decades of severe drought, but alas, he was buffeted on all sides, by Race and Religion warriors as well as by Mahathir haters.
As usual Clare exposes yet another embarrassing FRAUD, this time by AG Idrus Harun, in his Media Release.ReplyDelete
The assets being "returned" by Riza Aziz to secure his release from the criminal charges in Malaysia have already been seized by the US DOJ ages ago.
A sure tell-tale sign that Jibby had something to do with this "deal", a copycat of the previous AG Tamby-Pamby who famously (and embarrassingly) exposed Jibby's guilt while trying to clear Jibby's name during a press conference.
But I am sure KT won't be able to comprehend this expose either, because he claims to be ignorant over all things related to 1MDB.
I don't accept that the statement from the current AG ends the issue of Riza's deal.ReplyDelete
There is more than meets the eye.
But the most pertinent question is this:
Supposing it is true Tommy Thomas had given his in-principle approval to agree to the deal, Idrus Harun, if he were a really a man of integrity and strength of character, why didn't he question the deal knowing that it is unacceptable that Riza gets off scot free? Idrus Harun could have simply upended the deal and go to trial. After all, as the current AG, he is responsible for the final outcome of the case against Riza and he has the final say.
Something is not right, it is like all parties in play were anxious to seal the deal and blame Tommy Thomas.
Now we understand why people like Najib and Rosmah are very confident of escapibg justice