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'Will Najib accuse AG of using doctored evidence?'

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Is Najib Abdul Razak going to accuse Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail of basing a corruption investigation against the prime minister on doctored or unsubstantiated evidence?

This was a question posed by PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, after Najib yesterday dismissed the allegation which was first reported by Wall Street Journal ( WSJ ) as " unsubstantiated, outrageous and false ".

The prime minister had also cast doubt on the allegation by alluding to a separate corruption allegation involving 1MDB which was based on PetroSaudi International's leaked information which he claimed was "doctored".

"Is the attorney-general ( photo ) also going to be accused on investigating 1MDB based on false information perpetrated by a former PetroSaudi employee as had been played up?" he said in a statement today.

In the latest allegation, WSJ claimed that US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) of 1MDB's fund was deposited into Najib's private banking accounts shortly before the 13th General Election.

WSJ had defended its report, stating that it was based on Malaysian government investigation papers which it said was submitted to the attorney-general and was also sighted by Najib himself.

Coincidentally today, Abdul Gani confirmed receiving documents relating to allegations that 1MDB's fund was deposited into Najib's bank accounts from a special taskforce comprising the police, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, and Bank Negara.

Tuan Ibrahim questioned whether the documents from "Malaysian government investigators" used by WSJ for the report was the same as the ones Abdul Gani confirmed he received.

This is after Najib and his allies yesterday attempted to discredit WSJ 's source of information.

"Regardless, Abdul Gani's confirmation had indirectly given credence to WSJ 's compared to Najib's denial," said Tuan Ibrahim.

As such, Tuan Ibrahim urged Najib to gone on leave.

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