A REPORT to separate the powers of the Attorney-General and Public Prosecutor is being prepared for the Cabinet’s consideration, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic).
“A working committee has been formed in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to provide recommendations on this to the government. The report is expected to be tabled to the Cabinet in the middle of this year.
“Amendments to the Federal Constitution, Criminal Procedure Code and Interpretation Acts 1948 and 1967, as well as other relevant laws will also be covered in the study,” said Liew in reply to Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (BN- Pengerang), who asked when the government would amend laws to separate the power of the public prosecutor and the power of the AG to ensure that the former is independent and impartial.
To another question, Liew also said the AG is empowered under the Constitution to appoint private lawyers to oversee cases.
He said this in reply to questions raised by Hassan Abdul Karim (PH-Pasir Gudang), who asked if the AGC lacked competent and capable DPPs to prosecute former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“Under the Federal Constitution, it is stated that the AG has the right to appoint lawyers who are not from the AGC to prosecute a case,” he said.Retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram along with senior lawyers Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah and Datuk V. Sithambaram have been appointed by the AGC to assist in the prosecution in the SRC International and 1Malaysia Development Bhd cases.