Najib denies high-profile deaths not probed

Former prime minister Najib Razak says several high-profile cases were taken to court.

PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak today rubbished Lim Kit Siang’s claim that several high-profile cases, including three murders, were not investigated.

The former prime minister pointed out that Teoh Beng Hock’s case was tried at the High Court, before it went to the Court of Appeal. A Royal Commission of Inquiry into his death was also established.

Teoh, an aide to a former Selangor exco member, was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the roof of a building adjacent to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s office in Shah Alam.

Najib said, the trials for the murders of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu and AmBank founder Hussain Najadi were in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court for several years.

The trial of seven people accused of murdering deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Anthony Kevin Morais has also been going on since 2017, he said.

“Who says these cases were not investigated?” Najib asked on Facebook.

Earlier today, Lim said in a statement that “travesties of justice” had been committed during Najib’s administration as the high-profile cases were not probed.

The DAP supremo also wondered why Najib did not re-open investigations into these mysterious deaths when he had the power to do so.

“Could it be that ‘justice’ did not matter when he was the Prime Minister while it matters when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the Prime Minister?” Lim wrote.

But Najib said the problem with Lim and the Pakatan Harapan government was that they would reject any court decision and finding during the Barisan Nasional’s administration and claimed that they were unfair.

However, the Pekan MP pointed out, both Lim and the PH government no longer have an excuse.

“All the investigation papers, the power of the government agencies to probe these deaths as well as the courts are under PH now.

“There is no reason for them not to conduct a special investigation as Kit Siang wants unless of course, they want to use this issue to defame me.”