Ambiga: I haven’t been contacted by the cops

Ambiga-Sreenevasan-Clare-Rewcastle-Brown-court-gavel-1PETALING JAYA: Ambiga Sreenevasan says she has yet to be contacted by the police despite reports she is being investigated for allegedly causing public alarm in relation to a suit filed by PAS against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

“I have not been contacted by the police yet,” she said in a text message to FMT.

The human rights lawyer was asked to comment on a news report that she is being investigated over her alleged role in disclosing information that PAS leaders had received money from Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The allegation came about after PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s defamation suit against Clare, filed at the London High Court in April following an article carried by The Sarawak Report on Aug 6 last year.

The article claimed RM90 million was “reckoned” to have entered the accounts of top PAS leaders to woo them into supporting Umno and Barisan Nasional.

Clare, who filed her defence and counter-claim to a suit in response to Hadi’s defamation suit, said she and Ambiga had spoken about Najib, 1MDB and PAS in July 2016.

“Ambiga had told the defendant that her sources, whom she said were reliable, had estimated the amount that had been paid was around RM90 million,” Clare said in her affidavit dated Oct 11.

According to The Malaysian Insight, police began investigations following a report lodged by Umno members on Nov 1.

The news portal also said Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun had confirmed that investigations were being conducted against Ambiga for causing public alarm.

If convicted, the former Bersih 2.0 chairperson could be jailed for up to two years and fined.

Ambiga had previously hit out at critics for harassing her over her alleged role in disclosing the information, labelling it a form of persecution.