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DAP lodges police report against Apandi’s special task force

 | October 24, 2017

Lau Weng San says AG setting up task force while police probe into allegations against MACC chief is ongoing, is tantamount to interference.

Dap-Ronnie-Liew-and-Lau-Weng-San-1KUALA LUMPUR: DAP representatives today lodged a police report over the intrusion of power by Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali on the investigation into allegations against Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Dzulkifli Ahmad.

The police report by Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters questions the AG over the forming of a special task force to “properly investigate” the case involving the MACC chief.

“The police report was made to urge police to investigate this case under section 168, to determine if this would prevent a civil servant from doing their duty.

“I urge the police to investigate this, and what the AG means when he says that the special task force’s function will be to ‘properly investigate’,” Lau told reporters here today.

On Oct 16, Apandi announced that the AG’s Chambers would lead the special task force set up to investigate allegations that Dzulkifli was having an affair with a woman in Bali recently.

Apandi said the team comprised top officials, with the head of the prosecution division in the Attorney-General’s Chambers leading all investigations.

“The head of the prosecution division will continue to report any developments directly to me… but so far, I have not been made aware of any progress on the case, and leave the investigation to the police to gather statements from several witnesses, and so on.

“What we have seen on videos gone viral is not yet verified. Let’s just wait for the results of the investigation because there are laws in place for (punishing) those who commit an offence. If people make false reports… we also have laws to deal with that,” Apandi was reported to have said.

Lau said that when police reports were made, it was standard procedure for the police to assign an officer to be in charge of investigations in the case.

“Only after the investigations are completed will the investigation paper be submitted to the AG’s Chambers.

“If the person needs to be charged, they will be brought to court, if not the case will be sent back to the police for further investigation.

“This process has been used for a long time to ensure that there is check and balance in any investigation. The one that investigates is the police and no one else gets involved,” he said.

Apandi said the task force was set up to closely monitor investigations into the offence under Section 498 of the Penal Code for enticing a married woman with criminal intent.

Apandi also responded to misunderstandings surrounding the formation of the task force.

“Many people misunderstand the concept of a special task force. The special task force I created is within the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“I felt this special task force was required as it involves allegations which affect integrity. The integrity of one who heads the MACC, (a post) which requires the highest of moral standards.

“So I, as the Attorney-General, have always believed the truth must exist … we do not know whether the matter is pure slander or if it’s true, and what’s being done now is to seek the truth,” he said.

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