PMO: Muhyiddin Had No Hand in Riza’s Discharge

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The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said today Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was not involved with the controversial decision that saw Riza Aziz given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal, as part of a settlement to his money-laundering charges involving over US$248 million of funds linked to the 1MDB scandal.

In a statement today, the PMO said the agreement was reached between the prosecutor and the accused through a representation to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“The PM repeats his stance to not interfere with the dealings of the AGC and the judiciary in making any decision involving criminal cases in this country, especially high-profile cases,” it said.

The current Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun has claimed that the decision was agreed “in principle” by his predecessor Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, but the latter has twice vehemently denied he would come up with what he called a “sweetheart deal” with Riza.