Lawyer: DoJ suit conspiracy of lies to attack govt

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PETALING JAYA: The civil suit filed by the US Department of Justice to seize assets acquired with funds alleged to have been misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is a conspiracy of lies to attack the Malaysian Government, said a litigation lawyer.

Malaysian-born Quintin G Rozario, who is based in Brisbane, Australia, also accused US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch of bullying the government.

“This is bullying, what she (Lynch) has done is bullying. I would have to say that this is a conspiracy of lies to attack the country,” he said at a round-table discussion on the suit at a hotel here today.

He said that if the DoJ wanted to seize the assets, there was a law for doing so in the US, and she should not be making allegations against Prime Minister Najib Razak and the government.

Rozario said there was no evidence of misappropriation of 1MDB funds as claimed in the recently-filed lawsuit.

“They just made a bold statement. There is no evidence. They have been attacking people and making allegations without checking the facts.”

Rozario, who said that he was attending the discussion voluntarily and was not being paid, challenged the DoJ to prove its allegations by adducing evidence.

“I have always taken the view that anybody who has an accusation or allegation, whether here or in Australia, had better have the proof, or admissible evidence, not just coffee shop tales.

“You got to prove or you would be possibly defaming the people that you speak of,” he said.

He said nobody had a right to interfere in the affairs of a country, and all should respect its sovereignty.

The other participants in the discussion were Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, who had been a special adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, and advocate and solicitor Noorhajran Mohd Noor.