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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A-G, IGP cleared in Anwar ‘black eye’ case (Update 3)

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail were cleared of fabricating evidence in the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim “black eye” incident of a decade ago.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat Wednesday that the two were cleared of any wrong-doing after a two-month investigation conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Anwar had accused both Abdul Gani and Musa of tampering with evidence in an investigation into an alleged beating he received from then IGP Abdul Rahim Noor while in police custody in 1998.

“Since this case is sensitive and of high profile, the MACC had suggested a three-person independent panel be appointed as deputy public prosecutors to look into the case,” Nazri in response to a question by Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong).

The independent panel was made up of former Federal Court judges Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman and Datuk Wira Mohd Noor Ahmad, and retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah.

In reply to Gobind’s supplementary question on when the decision was made, Nazri said that the case was investigated on July 2 last year and was completed two months after that.

“Since we need to consider several things, we took a bit more time to announce the decision so that it does not create doubt among people,” he said, adding that that was why he decided to reply on Wednesday.

In reply to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s question on who was the dissenting voice, Nazri said he could not give the information and majority decision obviously means a 2-1 decision.

He added that the decision for the IGP was 3-0.

Gobind had been asking why the result of the investigation was not officially announced.

MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan had announced the results in an interview with Sunday Star on March 1.

Later Wednesday, Anwar expressed his "disgust" at the outcome of the probe, claiming that the evidence against the IGP and A-G was "strong and solid."


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