Affidavit shows Shafee paid RM9.5 million, says Anwar

MURNI WAN OMAR

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today confirmed that his lawyers received an affidavit this morning, signed by an officer in the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) which he alleged substantiates his claim that lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was paid RM9.5 million by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The sum was paid during the period from Sept 2013 to Feb 2014, according to the incoming PKR president.

In a statement issued by his office today, Anwar said it was known that Muhammad Shafee served as the Special Prosecutor in the appeal of his acquittal beginning in July 2013 until the case concluded at the Federal Court in Feb 2015.

"I maintain that Tan Sri Shafee should never have been allowed to prosecute the Appeal in the first place. 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 Datuk Seri Najib, who is himself materially involved in the case.

"Tan Sri Shafee was also witness to events in the conspiracy against me that took place in the presence of Datuk Seri Najib, making both parties potential witnesses," Anwar said.

With the alleged sum of RM9.5 million from Najib's personal bank account, Anwar remarked that it destroyed Muhammad Shafee's credibility as an unbiased agent of the AGC.

"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 reestablishing credibility of the judiciary and the legal fraternity.

"These abuses of power should not be allowed to continue and there must be accountability.

"I ask those responsible for safeguarding our institutions to consider corrective steps that must be taken to give all Malaysians and the entire world confidence in the integrity of our legal system," Anwar said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd