Khairuddin: Charge Khalid, Apandi Now

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The former Sosma detainee, best known for lodging reports against 1MDB with foreign authorities, says time is not on Najib’s side.

Khairuddin Abu Hassan, fresh from a tour stretching from Australia to the US to renew his complaints on the 1MDB scandal, has urged for charges to be brought against former police chief Khalid Abu Bakar and Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali.

Khairuddin said the duo were “the nation’s number one traitors” for betraying their public trust to investigate his reports.

“In the 1MDB scandal, Khalid Abu Bakar and Apandi Ali played a big role to conceal the crime,” said Khairuddin, who was charged under a security law in 2015 after he was accused of sabotaging the economy for reporting the 1MDB scandal to foreign authorities.

“Khalid accused me of sabotaging the country’s economy… I had only wanted to save public funds from Najib Razak and the thief Jho Low,” he said, referring to the former prime minister and the Malaysian businessman implicated in embezzling hundreds of millions of ringgit from 1MDB.

Khairuddin said among those he had met were key whistleblowers in the 1MDB scandal, including Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown and former Petro-Saudi employee Xavier Andre Justo, as well as Pascal Najadi.

Pascal is the son of the late Arab Malaysian Banking Group (AMBG) founder Hussain Najadi, who was gunned down in broad daylight in central Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

Khairuddin said he had lodged a fresh report with the Australian police against the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) for allowing part of some US$700 million from Najib’s personal account to be transferred to Singapore.

On April 7, Khairuddin lodged a report with the Swiss attorney-general in Bern, and four days after Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the May 9 polls, he renewed his report with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in New York.

Khairuddin said he was thankful that his reports were finally being looked into by police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) following Barisan Nasional’s (BN) defeat.

“Although the police and MACC acted too late, under the government of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the law enforcers in Malaysia can no longer stop investigations into the world’s biggest financial scandal of this decade,” he said.

Khairuddin was held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, or Sosma, for allegedly sabotaging the nation’s banking and financial services.

Last year, the Sessions Court acquitted him and lawyer Matthias Chang as the prosecution had not presented any evidence linking them to the charge.

They had been jointly charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code for being at police stations to make reports against state investor 1MDB.

The charge sheet stated that the two were at the office of the chief of police’s Economic and Finance Criminal Division in Paris, Charing Cross police station in London, the Attorney-General’s Office of Switzerland in Berne, Wai Chan police station in Hong Kong and Cantonment police headquarters in Singapore.

Khairuddin said he felt vindicated by the latest development in the 1MDB probe, adding that Najib was now trying to get sympathy from the public.

“He must face every charge of embezzling government coffers or the people’s money.

“Just look at the loot of belongings of him and his wife that were seized by police in the last three days.“Time is not with Najib, his wife and their henchmen,” said Khairuddin, who stood as a Pakatan Harapan candidate in Jasin but narrowly lost to BN’s Ahmad Hamzah.

– FMT