Audio clips of ex-MACC chief Dzulkifli ‘conspiring’ with Najib, UAE officials over 1MDB.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today dropped a bombshell by releasing 45 minutes of recorded conversations between former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and several former government top officials.
The commission’s chief, Latheefa Koya, in a press conference at its headquarters, played nine audio clips to the members of the media, almost all involving the former premier and other people, including his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, ex-MACC chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad and the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan.
“There are various serious issues that arise (in the recordings), including abuse of power, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, compromising national security, and the fabrication of false evidence through foreign aid,” Latheefa said.
The conversations are understood to have revolved around the international arbitration court and the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, including the Abu Dhabi-based International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).
“We have been given the recordings…pursuant to investigations, we can confirm their absolute authenticity.
“The contents are shocking; it’s a cover-up and subversion of justice… In the public interest, we’re making public the contents,” Latheefa said of the nine sets of audio clips of about 45-minute duration.
Giving details on the recordings of telephone calls, she said they were given the compilation just after the New Year. She added that for security reasons, she could not reveal the source or how MACC received it.
Calling the revelations a “massive undermining” of independent institutions such as the AGC and the MACC, Latheefa said the clips were being played for the media for the first time.
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“Dr Mahathir Mohamad too does not know about the recordings,” she added.
“The recordings took place between Jan 5 and July 29, 2016.
“After receiving it, we conducted our own forensic to determine its authenticity and the people involved (in the recordings),” she said.
Forensics tests also concluded that the recordings were not tampered with.
When grilled by reporters whether what she released to the media would impact the on-going trials involving Najib, Latheefa said she did not see how it could be so.
“We will submit the recordings to the authorities, including the police, as some of the offences involved the Penal Code.”
She said information that emerged from the recordings was a new set of offences that is different from those Najib is facing in his ongoing trial.
“In this whole sordid episode of betrayal of public trust and criminality, we can be thankful that there was one brave public servant who knew his duty – Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed,” she added.
Abu Kassim was the MACC chief at the time that these telephone exchanges allegedly took place. He was replaced by Dzulkifli on Aug 1, 2016.
According to MACC, among those involved in the conversations were former attorney-generals Abdul Gani Patail and Mohamed Apandi Ali, former Tabung Haji chairman Abdul Azeez Rahim, Ihsan Perdana managing director Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman, former SRC International director Suboh Md Yassin, former SRC International CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, Abdul Aziz Ismail and Najib’s former principal private secretary Shukry Mohd Salleh.
Apart from the UAE crown prince, there were also UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, IPIC chairman Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan and Mubadala Development Company CEO Khaldoon Al-Mubarak.
Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz, former Bank Negara officer Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin and an “Azman Bro”, believed to be Senator Khairul Azwan Harun, were also named.