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Former AG Apandi lodges police report against his successor, claiming Tommy Thomas had violated the OSA in his memoir.

Former attorney general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali today alleged that his successor Tan Sri Tommy Thomas violated the Official Secrets Act, among others, in the latter’s memoir.

Speaking to reporters after lodging a report against Thomas at the Sentul police district headquarters, Apandi said he did so to see justice done.

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“This is not only for me but also for others who have been scandalised and humiliated by the book, especially the officers of the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC),” Apandi said.

Apandi said they were caught in the predicament of having to defend themselves and, at the same time, going up against the former head of their department (Thomas is former A-G).

“As the former A-G, I sympathise with the officers who have been looked down in a condescending manner by Tommy Thomas,” Apandi said in a statement which was distributed to the media outside the district police headquarters.

In his report, Apandi also accused Thomas of slandering him in his memoir “My Story: Justice in the Wilderness”.

“I have examined the contents of the book and found that there are baseless accusations and attacks,” he said outside Sentul district police headquarters.

The publication of Thomas’ memoirs has attracted numerous brickbats from multiple quarters regarding the disclosures in the book.

Former solicitor-general Hanafiah Zakariah lodged a police report on Feb 2 for criminal defamation concerning a claim in the book.

In the memoir, Thomas said he was not confident that Hanafiah was capable of leading and supervising the incredible amount of preparation required for the SRC International trial against former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Meanwhile, on Feb 2, Najib has issued a letter of demand against Thomas, seeking a retraction of allegation in the book related to the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

In the legal notice issued to Thomas, Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said his client also wanted RM10 million in damages and an “unqualified apology in terms to be approved by the solicitors”.

Thomas is given until Friday to do so. Failing which, Shafee said he would file a defamation suit against Thomas early next week.

“As a former attorney general, despite being bashed throughout my tenure there will be many things that will never cross my lips only because they are secrets of the state and they will remain as such.

“Therefore, none will ever grace pages of my memoirs,” Apandi said.

Apandi’s lawyer, Datuk Baljit Singh Sidhu, said the police report highlighted three issues regarding Thomas’s book.

“These include the possibility of wrongdoing under Section 203A and Section 500 of the Penal Code, as well as the Official Secrets Act 1972,” he said.

Section 203A is the criminal disclosure of information obtained by civil servants in the course of their duties or exercising their functions, which is punishable by a fine of no more than RM1 million, a year’s imprisonment, or both.

Section 500 refers to the criminal defamation of another person, which is punishable with a fine, imprisonment of up to two years, or both.

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