Former attorney-general Tan Sri Gani Patail is duty-bound to explain why former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman was not prosecuted for corruption in 2012, says Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng.
On Monday, Musa was charged with 35 counts of corruption. He was accused of receiving bribes totalling RM243 million in return for timber concessions to more than 15 companies from 2004 to 2008.
He claimed trial to all charges and was allowed bail at RM2 million bail.
Special prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram had said he was surprised that Gani had not taken action against Musa when he was the A-G as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had built up a strong case against the then Sabah chief minister.
The MACC Operations Review Panel had in 2012 requested Gani to review the decision not charge Musa for graft.
In a statement today, Lim asked Gani to explain if he had not prosecuted Musa because he feared him or former prime minister Najib Razak, or if it was because Gani is related to Musa.”
“Gani is, therefore, duty bound to explain to the public why he did not prosecute Musa.
“Gani must explain his decision and clear the suspicion that now falls on him.”
In his statement, Lim also held the then Barisan Nasional cabinet and parliamentarians accountable for Musa’s alleged crimes, urging them to come clean if they had abetted Musa.
“The authorities have to investigate them if they continue to be in denial or are silent.”
Gani was effectively sacked as A-G in 2016 over suspicions that he was part of a conspiracy then against Najib over the 1MDB scandal.