‘Claims of govt interference a slap to the judiciary’

PUTRAJAYA: Any allegation of government interference in the judicial process is an affront to the judiciary, says Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had repeatedly maintained that neither the government or he would interfere in matters of the court.

“If there are those who make such allegations, then it is an insult to the (court) process,” he said yesterday.

Fahmi was asked to comment on claims of government interference in the case involving Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Yesterday, the High Court acquitted the former prime minister and former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy in the 1MDB audit tampering trial.

Fahmi also said the government was actively pursuing efforts to retrieve 1MDB funds, adding that Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (Ipic) and Aabar Investments PJS agreeing to pay RM8.1bil reflected the government’s commitment to this.

Last week, Ipic and Aabar Investment PJS agreed to pay after the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOF Inc) and 1MDB reached a settlement regarding their dispute with the two companies.

In November last year, a London judge gave the go-ahead to Malaysia to press its case against Ipic and Aabar PJS for their role in the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal.


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