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AG: ‘False’ charge sheet indicates plot to topple PM

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Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali has dismissed the purported draft of a charge sheet against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak published on whistleblower website Sarawak Report as false.

He also said the charge papers point in the direction of a plot to topple the prime minister and warned of stern action against the perpetrators.

“These alleged charge papers therefore indicate there is a conspiracy to topple a serving prime minister by criminalising him, and that the methods include doctoring (documents) and criminal leakage.

“This plot represents a threat to Malaysia's democracy and I will direct for all possible actions to be taken to investigate the matter.

“The full force of the law will be applied without exception on any that are found guilty,” he added in a statement issued after midnight.

Yesterday, Malaysiakini reported the charge sheet was being circulated on the social media, together with the claim it was linked to Abdul Gani Patail’s sudden termination as attorney-general on Monday.

Though the official reason cited was health problems, Gani himself appeared clueless about this and declined to comment if his removal was linked to the 1MDB special task force probe.

Late last night, the Attorney-General’s Chambers head of prosecution division Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah tweeted a denial regarding the charge sheet.

Meanwhile, Apandi said the alleged charge sheet is “not in and never reached” the AG Chambers.

“Furthermore, the format of the sheet is not correct or written by our chambers,” he added.

The newly-appointed AG also pointed out that since the special task force has not completed its investigation, it was not legally possible for the charge sheet to be drafted in advance.

According to the purported charge sheet, which was allegedly being drafted by Gani, the prime minister is to be arrested and charged with corruption, with an alternative charge on criminal breach of trust.

This is allegedly related to the transfer of RM27 million by SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB, into Najib's bank account.

Explosive video

Apart from Abdul Gani being relieved of his duties, this week also saw Najib dropping his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin from the cabinet.

Also axed was Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal, who was rural and regional development minister.

Both Muhyiddin and Shafie have been critical of 1MDB.

Najib also appointed four out of eight BN lawmakers who sit in the Public Accounts Committee, including its former chief Nur Jazlan Mohamed, as ministers and deputy ministers.

This ignited speculation that it was an attempt to derail PAC’s ongoing investigation into 1MDB.

The 1MDB saga escalated earlier this month after Sarawak Report and The Wall Street Journal , quoting information obtained from Malaysian sources, claimed that RM2.6 billion of 1MDB-linked funds were deposited into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts.

Following this, Najib denied using public funds for personal gain and accused former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad of masterminding his ouster by working together with the likes of Sarawak Report .

On Wednesday, an explosive video surfaced showing Muhyiddin telling several guests at his house, including Mahathir’s son and Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir, that Najib admitted the money was transferred into his accounts.

The prime minister has yet to comment on the video, which has since gone viral.

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