An obvious leak of information from Dzulkifly while he was at the AGC to Najib, who was a subject of investigation.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) played for the media today recorded conversations between former chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that it claimed showed a conspiracy at the highest level of government then.
Other recorded phone calls involving Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Umno’s Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim and several foreign dignitaries were also revealed today.
At a special press conference at the MACC headquarters here, MACC chief Latheefa Koya said the recordings were from conversations between January 5, 2016 and July 29 that same year, around the period when the US Justice Department announced its anti-kleptocracy investigation into 1MDB.
In the first audio clip between Dzulkifly and Najib on Jan 5, 2016, Dzulkifly, who was then deputy public prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, was heard sharing investigation details, believed to be on the SRC International scandal.
Dzulkifly called Najib to inform him that he was dismayed about an “investigation paper”. He was also heard assuring Najib that he and Apandi would be able to legally “settle” the problem.
The call was first answered by Rosmah, whom Dzulkifli informed that the IP he received named “Datuk Seri”, believed to be in reference to Najib.
The phone was then passed to Najib.
4Dzulkifli: I have the IP. Tan Sri AG (attorney-general Apandi Ali), he is very good, he is like-minded. I just want to update Datuk Seri (Najib) about what was proposed by the MACC themselves.
Najib: That’s not right.
Dzulkifli: That is what we are really worried about. On the legal side, we can handle. Apandi can handle it, I can handle it.
Najib can be heard expressing frustration for being “played”. The former premier said he would be meeting the AG on Thursday (Jan 7, 2016).
On Jan 26, 2016, Apandi held a press conference clearing Najib of any wrongdoing in the 1MDB and SRC cases.
Latheefa said this conversation was wrong since Dzulkifli was leaking information to Najib, who was a possible suspect at the material time.
She said this could have been in violation of the Official Secrets Act.
“At that time, he was still a deputy public prosecutor at the AGC.
“The conversation revolves around an investigation paper. There is an obvious leak of information from the AGC to the person we believe was a subject of investigation,” Latheefa said.
Dzulkifli was implicated recently in the tampering of an 1MDB audit report in 2016 when former chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa gave evidence during the joint trial of Najib and former 1MDB chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy.
Ali told the court that it was Dzulkifli who suggested removing Najib’s name from the report at a February 24, 2016 meeting between 1MDB officials and certain senior government officials.
Before he became MACC chief commissioner in August that year, Dzulkifli was a legal representative with the Attorney-General’s Chambers. He attended that meeting in that capacity.
He was questioned by the MACC over the matter after he resigned in 2018.
Earlier report: Jan 8, MACC Releases ‘Explosive’ Audio Clips of Alleged Conspiracy Involving Najib