I’ll wait for Najib’s lawyers to serve me papers, says Latheefa over audio clips

MACC chief Latheefa Koya has spoken of a criminal plot to tarnish her name following MACC’s release of phone conversations involving prominent personalities.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya says she will wait for Najib Razak’s lawyers to serve her legal papers after reports that they would take legal action against her for releasing nine audio recordings implicating the former prime minister and others.

“I will wait for their papers. They will have to serve me (first),” she told reporters at an event here when asked to comment on the matter.

She was asked if the audio recordings could be considered contempt of court and if Najib’s lawyers had served her the legal papers.

It was reported that Najib’s lawyers were considering taking legal action over the revelation of phone call recordings that suggested conspiracy at the highest level of the former Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had said he and his team were seriously looking into initiating subjudice and contempt proceedings against MACC and Latheefa, while repeatedly questioning their conduct and objectives in making the recordings public.

Latheefa said police had recorded her statement. However, she said she was unable to give more details.

Last week, MACC released audio recordings of nine telephone conversations featuring  Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor, ex-MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad as well as the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan, in discussions over dealings linked to 1MDB and SRC International.

The individuals appeared to be conspiring to manipulate information regarding the investment arm.

The audio recordings were later handed over to the police.

Asked about a Malaysiakini article that a police report lodged by MACC today was over a photograph in an alleged conspiracy to discredit her, Latheefa said: “It’s a plot to tarnish my reputation, the issue is not about a photo per se, we’ve given the info to the police.”

Latheefa said MACC had received information about the plot to discredit her after the release of the audio clips.

“We don’t want to comment so much, we’ve filed a police report,” she said, adding that this should not stop MACC from continuing its work.

Malaysiakini’s report had said a photograph was spread via Whatsapp after Latheefa released the audio recordings.

Latheefa had previously said in a statement that she had received information that there was a criminal plot to fabricate and distribute materials to slander her by a group of individuals, one of them believed to be a lawyer.