KUALA LUMPUR: Top lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah today clarified that the RM9.5 million paid by Datuk Seri Najib Razak was for his work for Barisan Nasional's election petition cases and not as lead prosecutor in Datuk Seri Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy II appeal trial in 2015.
He said in Anwar's case, he had wanted to provide his services "pro bono" but the then Attorney General Tan Sri Gani Patail suggested that RM1,000 be taken as consideration for his appointment.
"For purposes of record I have never taken a single cent from the government of Malaysia or anybody else in relation to my undertaking of the prosecution of the appeals. I must stress that even the RM1000 was never claimed by me to date." he said in a statement today.
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