KUALA LUMPUR: PKR Youth today lodged a police report against prominent lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah following an allegation by whistleblower portal Sarawak Report that he received RM9.5 million from Prime Minister Najib Razak.
PKR Youth leader Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said police must investigate the relationship between Najib and Shafee to uncover why such a large sum of money was paid by Najib through his personal bank account, as claimed by Sarawak Report.
Nik Nazmi also called on Shafee to immediately take leave from his duties as a lawyer, including in a case in which he was representing Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin in a RM100 million defamation suit filed by former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
“I think this is the best course of action for him since he has already taken a lot of sick leave, and it would be even better for him to rest while the investigation is being carried out,” he said, adding that Shafee should let another lawyer represent Khairy.
Nik Nazmi said PKR Youth would also press the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Bar Council to investigate Najib and Shafee if the two continued to remain silent on the allegation.
Sarawak Report recently reported that Shafee, who was specially appointed to lead the prosecution in the Anwar sodomy case in February 2015, which resulted in the former deputy prime minister being jailed for five years, received the money from an AmBank account belonging to Najib.
The portal also published screenshots showing two transactions totalling RM9.5 million, the first in February 2014, two weeks before the Court of Appeal decision which overturned the High Court’s acquittal of Anwar.
Sarawak Report alleged that the money was paid from an account linked to Najib, who came under heavy fire in 2015 after reports by The Wall Street Journal claimed RM2.6 billion had been channelled into his personal bank accounts.
Najib denied any wrongdoing, saying the money had been a donation from the Saudi royal house to fund Umno’s general election campaign in 2013.
On Jan 26, 2016, he was cleared by Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali of any criminal offence in relation to the donation.
The government had stated earlier that Shafee was paid only RM1,000 for his services in the Anwar prosecution.
FMT’s attempts to contact the lawyer for a response have not been successful so far.