Najib's Lawyer Was Paid RM9.5 Million Before Sending Anwar To Jail In 2014

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he received an affidavit confirming the pay-off yesterday, 6 September.

Cover image via Malay Mail/The Independent (edited)

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he received an affidavit from the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) yesterday, 6 September, confirming his longtime allegation against lawyer Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah

Anwar speaking during a Pakatan Harapan ceramah last night.

Image via Berita Harian

Free Malaysia Today reported that Anwar applied to the court in 2017 to make Shafee and his client, former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak reveal their bank account details after alleging that Shafee received RM9.5 million from Najib's personal bank account.

The transaction purportedly occurred while Shafee led the prosecution's appeal against Anwar's acquittal of a sodomy charge in 2014.

"The affidavit is being released to the public. I believe that in the 'New Malaysia', we must be uncompromising in our commitment to the rule of law and to re-establishing the credibility of the judiciary and legal fraternity," Anwar's was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insight in a statement released by his office.

Anwar reiterated that Shafee should never have been allowed to prosecute an appeal against his acquittal of a sodomy charge in 2014

New Straits Times reported that Shafee remained as public prosecutor of an appeal against Anwar's acquittal beginning in July 2013 to February 2015 despite multiple attempts to disqualify him.

"Appointing an outside prosecutor is not an ordinary practice by the Attorney-General, and is even more irregular in this case, when the individual appointed is a known close confidante of Najib," Anwar said in his statement.

"The fact that Shafee also received RM9.5 million from Najib's personal bank account during the time frame of his role as prosecutor in my appeal destroys his credibility as an unbiased agent of the Attorney-General's Chambers," Anwar added.

Anwar was sentenced to jail on 7 March 2014, less than three weeks after Shafee received a total of RM9.5 million from Najib's bank account

Contents of the affidavit by Siti Rahayu Mohd Mumazaini, a special task officer to the Attorney-General, confirmed the transactions. 

According to Siti, Shafee received the RM9.5 million in two transactions from Najib's bank account. The first transaction of RM4.3 million was received on 13 September 2013, and another RM5.2 million transaction was received on 17 February 2014. 

The special task officer added that the bank account details were obtained for investigations into Shafee under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

You can read the affidavit in full here.

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