PETALING JAYA: Former Attorney General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has lashed out at the Attorney General of Switzerland for saying that he had refused to cooperate in a probe related to the 1MDB scandal.
“It is not correct to say that I had refused to cooperate with the Swiss AG, whom I met twice in Switzerland, over this issue,” Apandi said when asked to comment on Michael Lauber’s statement to reporters on Tuesday (July 10).
Lauber had said that Apandi had refused to extend his cooperation when the latter headed the AG’s Chambers.
Lauber and his delegation were in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday to meet with his counterpart and Apandi’s successor Tommy Thomas and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Saying that he would keep his options open including to sue the news portal that ran the article, Apandi added that the allegations were uncalled for.
“To say that I am or was uncooperative is obviously unfair and uncalled for; particularly when such a remark is made when I am no longer the AG of Malaysia.
“I was strictly following the provisions of Section 20(1)(l) of the Mutual Assistance In Criminal Matters Act 2002 (Act 621). I was just abiding by the laws that govern such cooperation in mutual legal assistance,” said Apandi.
“At the material time, when the request was sent to Malaysia in 2016, the Malaysian police were still investigating the 1MDB case.
“I recall that in my written reply to Switzerland, as the AG then, that since the Malaysian investigation was still ongoing, to accede to the Swiss request could prejudice the criminal matter in Malaysia,” he added.