Hornbill Unleashed

June 19, 2017

Hisham dares DOJ to press charges

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein has challenged the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to press charges if they have proof of wrongdoing in the 1MDB affair.

Hishammuddin also sought to cast doubt on the identity of the nameless Malaysian Official 1 (MO1), whose wife has now appeared in DOJ’s court filings.

Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Hishammuddin said if the DOJ did not press charges, it would only damage their credibility.

“Don’t make statement after statement without taking action. When they press charges, those charged have a chance to clear their names,” he added.

The DOJ last Thursday dropped a bombshell with its third civil suit to seize assets allegedly acquired with misappropriated 1MDB funds.

Among the individuals named by the DOJ are Penang-born tycoon Jho Low and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz.

Also mentioned in the suits was an “MO1” and his wife.

MO1 could be anyone

The 251-page suit claimed among others that US$620 million that MO1 supposedly returned to a “donor”, were instead transferred to Low who used the money to buy MO1’s wife a US$27.3 million pink diamond necklace.

Last year, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan had identified MO1 as Najib, but stressed the premier was not named as he was not a subject of investigation.

Hishammuddin, similarly, cast doubts when asked about assertions that that “MO1” was Najib.

“For all we know it could be anyone. ‘MO1’ could be (Second Finance Minister) Johari (Abdul) Ghani.

“But until we know for a fact… until they are charged officially how are we going to know?” he said.

When contacted, Johari declined to comment.

Hishammuddin said the DOJ was irresponsible, and its lack of action has led to speculation which has been seized on by political opportunists.

Asked about how the DOJ’s suits would affect BN in the next general election, the Sembrong MP replied that the “people would decide”.

Najib has denied misappropriating public funds, while attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has cleared him of any wrongdoing.


Source : Malaysiakini by Zikri Kamarulzaman


 

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