Opposition lawmakers want AG sacked over 'interventions'

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  • Thursday, 07 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition lawmakers want the Attorney-General (AG) to be sacked following the court's decision to drop two terrorism-related charges against Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran over alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"We want the Prime Minister to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to sack the AG," said opposition chief Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) at the Parliament lobby on Thursday (Nov 7).

He said opposition lawmakers also wanted the government and AG to explain why the charges were dropped as it went against the rule of law.

"We view the withdrawal of the charges as a slap on the face to the police who acted professionally in carrying out investigation.

"But in the end the charges were dropped," he said.

Ismail Sabri said this was not the first time that the AG had intervened in ongoing cases.

He said when AG Tommy Thomas was first appointed, he withdrew the corruption case of Lim Guan Eng involving a sale of bungalow although a large portion of the case had already been heard.

He also cited the case of the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim as another example where the AG had interfered.

Awang Hashim (PAS-Pendang) said lawmakers from his party also supported for Tommy to be removed.

"We don't want double standard with regard to upholding the law which must be respected," he said.

He cited an example where although a son of a former mentri besar had been detained for terrorism-related charges, PAS had accepted the decision which was based on national security.

The Sessions Court here on Wednesday (Nov 6) allowed an application by the prosecution to drop two charges against Seremban Jaya assemblyman Gunasekaran over alleged links to the LTTE.

Judge Madihah Harullah acceded to the request after deputy public prosecutor Aslina Ahad made the application.

R.S.N Rayer, the lead counsel for Gunasekaran, said all he knew was that the two charges were supposed to be under the Security Offences (Special Measure) Act (Sosma) 2012.

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