Ex-premier denies asking for witness protection


  • Nation
  • Monday, 21 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has denied asking to be put into witness protection as reported by local media.

“Instead, Datuk Seri has lodged a police report asking for protection for himself and his family as they fear for their safety after the 14th General Election,” the former premier’s spokesman said in a statement yesterday.

According to Bernama, the two-­paragraph statement was issued in response to reports that Najib lodged a report at Sentul police head­­quarters at 5pm on Saturday claiming that there was a clear threat to his and his family members’ lives.

The reports, mostly quoting a Malay Mail exclusive report, stated that Najib had asked to be put into witness protection over the ongoing probe into the 1Malaysia Develop­ment Bhd scandal.

In a follow-up story on its website yesterday, Malay Mail said a police source maintained Najib used the term “witness protection”.

It added that the source said the term was in Najib’s own words, not an interpretation, and if he was now denying the request then he should make another police report to amend it.

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