Deepak Jaikishan has given the Attorney General one month to respond to his request for immunity in return for "the truth" about the prime minister.
PUTRAJAYA: Controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan submitted his letter for immunity to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) today, and has challenged Abdul Gani Pattail to respond within a month.
“The country’s last bastion of justice lies with the AGC…if no justice is served, then it is clear that we need a change of government,” Deepak told reporters after handing his application to a representative.
“One month is more than enough for them to respond. If by March 11 the AGC has not made any decision, then clearly they are useless and should cease to even exist,” he added.
Deepak stressed that it was the AG’s responsibility to ensure necessary action was taken against those responsible for the 2006 murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu.
“If they can’t settle even this small thing, then how can we rely on them to settle other criminal cases?” Deepak asked.
“If the AGC doesn’t address this issue, we might as well just shut down the courts,” he added.
In his letter to the AG, Deepak claimed that the details he had given to the media on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor’s role in the gruesome murder was merely a smidgen of what he truly knew.
“I am willing to cooperate with any authoritative bodies in the country to provide further information on the prime minister’s involvement in the abuse of power involving his family, on the condition that I am given protection from any possible criminal prosecution…” he wrote.
But he told reporters today that even if the AGC refused to take action, he was optimistic that the truth would eventually come out.
“I will just hope that a change of government happens and they (Pakatan Rakyat) would take action.”
He added that he would do “all that is necessary” to ensure truth would prevail.
Restore the nation’s honour
PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar, who was also present, said that it was well within the AG’s powers to provide Deepak with a “certificate” for immunity.
“This is a matter that concerns the nation’s image. The AGC must provide Deepak with immunity to restore the country’s honour,” said the Pokok Sena MP.
In return, he said, he would disclose Najib and Rosmah’s roles in Altantuya’s murder, which is also linked to the controversial multi-billion purchase of two Scorpene submarines.
While most Pakatan leaders shied away from Deepak’s request for immunity, Mahfuz had told the businessman that he must “convince” him that he needed the immunity.
But after meeting Deepak over the issue last week, Mahfuz passed the buck to the AG instead, saying that protection was already available through the Witness Protection Act 2009 and Whistleblower Act 2010.