Cops to call in Latheefa over leaked phone calls

Latheefa Koya during a press conference on Jan 8 where she played out 9 audio clips of phone calls involving prominent politicians.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police today said they would call in Latheefa Koya over the anti-graft chief’s public disclosure of nine audio clips involving former prime minister Najib Razak and several VIPs.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador also confirmed that police have received the nine files from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He said police were also checking on the authenticity of the recordings.

“We will surely look into who made the tape. If there is ambiguity on points of law, we will get the attorney-general’s advice. It’s important to get authenticity,” he told the media here.

He said the probe is being carried out under Section 203A of the Penal Code, which is related to divulging official secrets, as well as under Section 218, which has to do with the preparation of false materials with the intent to save someone from legal action.

The nine audio clips allegedly featured Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor, ex-MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad and the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan.

They were said to be linked to the 1MDB and SRC International scandals.

The release of the audio clips has come under criticism for being unconstitutional and amounting to a trial by jury, but Hamid said the law had provision for wire-tapping to be done by police in cases such as kidnapping, organised crime, and drugs.

“We are allowed to do that by law. I think likewise, MACC are allowed by law to set (wiretaps),” the Inspector-General said.