Latheefa Tells Najib to Stop Playing Victim

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Former premier Najib Abdul Razak should stop “playing the victim” in his ongoing trial linked to the SRC International case, said PKR Supreme Council member Latheefa Koya.

“Hello Najib – this is not the old days when you could pick and choose an A-G (attorney-general) who will clear you.

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“Stop playing the victim,” she said on Twitter, in response to Najib’s affidavit filed as part of his suit against Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.

Najib, in his originating ex-parte summons against Thomas, has cited an article written by the latter, published in Malaysiakini two years ago, as a reason why he thinks it is prejudiced for Thomas to continue leading the prosecution in the graft case against him.

Najib said the article, titled ‘Grand Larceny in 1MDB’ concluded that money had entered his account.

“Thomas’ stand is clear that he does not like me, as portrayed in the article, and this causes concern that he may find ways to prefer a charge against me for any reason,” he said.

When contacted, Latheefa, however, pointed out that Thomas as lead prosecutor, in this case, has no say on the final decision and as such, the issue of his alleged prejudice towards Najib should not arise.

“It is not a situation where the A-G will decide whether Najib is guilty or not. He (Thomas) will still have to bring all evidence, show the documents (in court) and all that.

“Najib says the A-G does not like him. But the issue of whether the A-G likes him or otherwise does not arise in this case,” the PKR lawyer told Malaysiakini.

Najib has through his lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, also sought for Thomas to be removed from leading the prosecution team.

It was reported on Friday that Najib had filed three separate suits against Thomas, MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull and the federal police’s Commercial Crime investigation director Amar Singh.

The suits were filed against the three on June 30. – Malaysiakini