Newly-minted inspector-general of police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun’s reported dismissal of links between a recent shooting and the 1MDB scandal is premature, according to PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil.
He said this is because the police have not concluded their investigation into the Aug 29 shooting of former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail’s driver.
“Nobody has been caught and investigations have not been completed but he (Mohamad Fuzi) already knows there is no link between the shooting and 1MDB.
“How did he determine this? To say there are no links right now is premature,” he told a press conference in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.
Fahmi also referred to a FBI statement which claimed that certain individuals were afraid of putting “the safety and security of both themselves and their families at serious risk” and therefore were hesitant to appear as witnesses for the probe into 1MDB-linked funds.
“Bearing in mind the FBI’s statement, it is difficult to accept the IGP’s dismissal. It gives the perception that something might not be right.
“The Malaysian police need to be more cautious when making statements,” he added.
Gani’s driver was shot in the leg as he was leaving his house.
The gunman and his accomplice had approached the victim on the pretext of asking for directions. The men later fled the scene on a motorcycle.
Gani was heading the special task force investigating 1MDB when he was suddenly replaced on health grounds.
This led to speculation that Gani’s removal was done with the aim of covering up the 1MDB case but the authorities have denied this.