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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sarawak Report editor declines IGP's offer, gives tips on solving 'RM9.5m' case



Sarawak Report's London-based editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown has declined inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar's offer to her to come to Malaysia to assist police investigations.
The police chief had reiterated his call this morning, but on the same note, said he could not guarantee a safe passage for Rewcastle-Brown.
This was in reference to Sarawak Report's allegation that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak paid prominent lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah RM9.5 million.
In an email this afternoon, the whistleblower website's editor said: “Sarawak Report would like to thank the IGP for his generous invitation to visit him in Malaysia, in order to pass information.”
“However, we do note his refusal to offer 'safe passage', which we have to admit provides a slight deterrent,” she added.
Rewcastle-Brown also took a swipe at Khalid over his admission concerning a Sarawak Report article that the police chief knew the main suspect in a protection racket in Malacca.
“After all, whilst he claims the information we have provided on... payments to Umno, Shafee and others is 'hearsay', he has at the same conference admitted that our story about his family friendship with a protection racket gangster was correct.
“Since the IGP is the man who can provide safe passage and is now openly refusing to do so, we fear that we are going to have to decline his doubtless well-intentioned and gracious offer,” she said.
However, Rewcastle-Brown was willing to provide investigators in Bukit Aman with “some tips” regarding the matters Khalid is interested in.
“To verify the information we have provided, he needs only to persuade his colleague the attorney- general to fulfil his constitutional duty and re-open the task force files on 1MDB.
“There before him he will see all the material that we have been quoting from, which is why anyone who knows anything about the case has been hiding under a stone ever since the material started coming out,” she claimed.
Last week, Shafee said he would issue a statement on the allegation, but nothing has come forth so far.
Whereas, numerous attempts to obtain a response from the prime minister's office and his aides have also been futile.
However, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak yesterday advised Malaysians against believing the allegations by Sarawak Report, claiming that the website is unreliable.
According to Sarawak Report, Najib had paid Shafee the sum in two tranches from the same account into which SRC International funds were transferred.

Shafee had acted as chief prosecutor when jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's case was heard in the higher courts.
The allegation by Sarawak Report prompted Anwar to file a originating summons last week to have his conviction declared null and void.
Malaysiakini cannot independently verify the allegation by Sarawak Report or confirm if the alleged payment was related to Shafee's role in Anwar's case. - Mkini

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