Gobind: IGP must recuse himself from any S’wak Report probe

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PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar must recuse himself from any investigation that involves Sarawak Report or its editor, Clare Rewcastle-Brown, says DAP’s Gobind Singh.

The Puchong MP said this was because the whistleblower site had made allegations against persons close to Khalid, thus putting him in a position of conflict.

“Now that Sarawak Report has made allegations against persons close to the IGP, he may well be in a position of conflict. So why is he calling the shots? That cannot be right.

“He should not involve himself in the RM9.5 million probe or any other matter in which Sarawak Report or Rewcastle-Brown is involved at all,” Gobind said referring to an allegation by the whistleblower site recently that RM9.5 million was transferred from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank account to lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s bank account.

Gobind was responding to statements made by Khalid at a press conference today where he questioned the veracity of allegations made on Sarawak Report, then inviting Rewcastle-Brown to come to Malaysia and show proof of her allegations.

On the issue of Khalid dismissing allegations made by Sarawak Report, Gobind said only the public prosecutor and the courts can decide if any case is mere hearsay or not, after investigations have been completed.

“He has no right to decide what is hearsay and what is not when it comes to any allegations for which police reports have been lodged.

“It wouldn’t be difficult for an investigating officer (IO) to take statements from those who have lodged reports over the matter and then to follow up thereafter with applications to obtain the necessary documents or bank statements which would assist the probe,” Gobind said.

Earlier today, Khalid had said most of the reports and allegations made in Sarawak Report were hearsay, adding Rewcastle-Brown had made baseless accusations against him and others in Malaysia.

“She has made all kinds of noise, allegations and accusations, all of which are baseless,” he had said.

He also invited Rewcastle-Brown to come to Malaysia to assist the police in investigations into the RM9.5 million allegedly paid to Shafee.

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