Lawyer Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla has demanded an apology from attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali and issued a challenge to Apandi to re-open the case on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
This follows the Singapore Court’s reported conviction of Swiss banker Jens Fred Sturzenegger in a 1MDB related probe.
In a statement, Haniff claimed that facts of the Singapore case had contradicted Apandi’s decision last year to clear Najib of allegations surrounding the RM2.6 billion that was deposited into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts.
“Apandi’s statement on Jan 26, 2016, whereby the attorney-general had decided to not take any action against Najib over the RM2.6 billion in his personal accounts, on grounds that it was a ‘donation (from) an Arab’ is now proven false by the conviction in Singapore’s court,” Haniff said.
He claimed that facts of the case, which allegedly implicated Najib,were in contrast with Apandi’s claim, which has yet to be proven in any court of law.
Last Wednesday, Sturzeneggar pleaded guilty to concealing these facts, as well as to five other charges, and was slapped with a 28-week jail sentence and a S$128,000 fine.
Haniff further cited news reports on how the Singapore case has established that four Falcon Private Bank accounts were held by companies controlled by billionaire Jho Low under the alias “Eric Tan Kim Loong”.
“With the conviction and decision by Singapore’s court, Apandi is now left with two choices – to re-open the probe into the RM2.6 billion donation and apologise to all Malaysians, or immediately resign from his post,” Haniff said.
His call was also made based on new revelations which had surfaced following Sturzenegger’s conviction.
Two of the Falcon accounts mentioned in the case were held by Granton Property Holdings Ltd and Tanore Finance Corporation.
Tanor Finance was said to be the origin of the US$681 million in Najib’s personal bank accounts.
Based on the revelation that the accounts were controlled by Low through an alias, there appears now to be a direct money trail link between the prime minister and Low.
Najib had maintained that the colossal sum was a donation from a member of the Saudi royal family and denied abusing public funds for personal gain.
Apandi, in clearing Najib of any wrongdoing, had also claimed that US$620 million of the money was returned to the donor.