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MACC panel chair denies sufficient evidence to prosecute Najib

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Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Operations Review Panel (ORP) chairperson Hamid Bugo today denied the committee believed there was enough evidence to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Hamid, who issued the statement jointly with another ORP member Mohamed Jawhar Hassan, referred to an article by The Malaysian Insider ( TMI ) titled ‘Enough proof to charge Najib over SRC’.

"The panel also did not conclude that the MACC investigators had collected sufficient evidence to prove a prima facie case against Najib," they said.

The TMI report had quoted an anonymous ORP member which the duo distanced themselves from.

"We wish to state that no anonymous source is authorised to speak for and on behalf of the panel under any circumstances.

"In any event, we hereby expressly disassociate ourselves from all such statements attributed to the anonymous source," he said.

Hamid and Jawhar also contradicted the MACC's statement yesterday which the commission said it issued at the request of the ORP.

In that statement , the MACC said the ORP had agreed for the SRC International case to resubmitted to the attorney-general for review after he refused to prosecute on the matter.

The same statement by the MACC said the ORP also asked the commission to request that the attorney-general issue a Mutual Legal Assistance so that it can obtain overseas banking information on the RM2.6 billion deposited into Najib's personal bank accounts.

"We wish to state that we made no such request of the MACC.

"It is however up to the MACC if it wishes to issue any statement," they said.

The ORP statement was signed only by Hamid and Jawhar.

Other panel members are Zamani Abdul Ghani, Azizah Arshad, Wan Abdul Wahab Abdullah, Normah Omar, Sundramoorthy M Pathmanathan, and Lim Chee Wee.

SRC International is a Finance Ministry firm which was once a subsidiary of 1MDB.

TMI was today blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

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