Sunday, May 18, 2008

Investigation May Not Lead To Prosecution Of Individuals, Says Najib

The investigation on the six individuals, including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, named in the report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Datuk V.K. Lingam's video clip case, does not necessarily lead to prosecution or there was a case to answer, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Sunday.

The deputy prime minister said the scrutiny made by the five-member commission and the evidence to be adduced in court differed in terms of methodology and principle.

"This is the recommendation by the commission. When we have set up a commission and later it submits its report, it's difficult for us to not make the report public and not to accept the recommendations made.

"Nevertheless, this does not necessarily mean that there will be prosecution or there is a case to answer," he told Malaysian journalists covering the World Economic Forum on the Middle East which started today.

Najib was asked to comment on the cabinet's instruction to the attorney-general to initiate immediate investigations on allegations against individuals named in the 186-page report by the commission which investigated the authenticity of the video clip featuring senior lawyer Lingam brokering judges' appointments and promotions over the handphone.

Individuals named in the report are Lingam, former deputy minister in the prime minister's department Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, two former chief justices Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim and Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin and Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir said yesterday he was prepared to be investigated and charged in court with regard to the inquiry findings.

Najib said the people should not draw any conclusion on the matter now.

"At this stage, let's not come to any conclusion yet. Let the attorney-general play his role in looking into this matter and make a decision," he added.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said the inquiry report would be sold to the public on Tuesday. (Bernama)

***** What kind of bullshit is Najib trying to engage in now? His opinion that there may be no prosecution is totally unacceptable and flies in the face of facts. All those who have been implicated by the Commission are guilty as hell and they should be prosecuted to the fullest. Of course with the present A-G handling the case anything can happen including a 'no evidence to prosecute' finding.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's bluster and threat that he is prepared to be charged in court so that he can reveal many things about the judiciary has prompted the government to rethink their plans. It's a good thing if Dr M reveals all the sordid details including his own complicity in this shameful period in our history. The people deserve to know what really took place in the years he was PM and if found guilty he too should be punished accordingly.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He spoke from experience.

9:21 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous novice101 said...

Flip-Flop! One step forward, three steps backward! Leg on the accelerator and hand on the hand-brake! Which - you take your pick.

Najid is sending out a trial ballon - so fellow Malaysians make your desire know to this spot government. Speak up, now!

12:49 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous novice101 said...

Sorry, should read 'soft government'

2:03 AM GMT+8  
Blogger walski69 said...

Not surprised, especially when it's Ghani "No Case" Patail handling the investigations.

This feller has to be the absolute worst Attorney General this country's ever had... even as an Attorney in-General he's below par...

But then again, what Najib has proclaimed is endemic with this administration - plenty of empty talk, no useful action, and lots of back-pedalling...

Hey - at least we've got August to look forward to...

2:20 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abdul Ghani Patail only obtained a 3rd class law degree from University Malaya in 1981. Check out 1981 MLJ. There were only 2 graduates who obtained 3rd class. The other was the late Sudirman Haji Arshad. But at least he could sing real well and was an icon as a singer. If he had spent more time in university studying instead of singing, he could have obtained even a better degree.

7:40 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder,our advocates and solicitors from the government also have 3rd class mentality. Fools like Patail are having the Indians at mercy. Now they are failing in their duty to prosecute the warlords who have tarnished the judiciary system.

8:52 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Prosecution mean asking for regime change. As simple as that!
Voter has give BN the second change. (E2004 was the first, but Pak Lah/BN refuse to understand/misunderstand ).

Very sad, Najib should not said this, he should mke a more neutral statement such as let the rule of law decide. He imply when (if) he is next prime minister he will bend the rule. How people/rakyat have confident on him.

12:22 PM GMT+8  
Blogger phillix-starscreamer said...

Dr M said he's ready to be charged and ready to reveal all.. but I don't think so. with his kakis all over the countryeven the world, i am quite sure he's going to do some cover ups here and there.

12:35 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

Come on people! Did we expect anyting different from the BN?! The AG (weather 3rd Class Law Graduate or whatever) is a stooge of the BN & will not prosecute if his bosses say NO.
Of course they are scared of charging TDM. He has alreday threatened to "spill the beans"! Look at the list of people involved. Do you really think they will charge any of them?!
To avoid another "back-lash", they have to make the findings public. However, Flip-Flop,, Najis & Company won't do anything more!

1:23 PM GMT+8  

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