Fresh after having his corruption case thrown out, Putrajaya MP Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor yesterday blamed former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for setting up the charges.
“Why I was charged is no secret. I was the victim of selective prosecution because I refused to heed Dr Mahathir’s instructions. First, I was invited to join the ‘traitors’, then it became overtures before becoming an instruction.
“In the end, there were threats for me to comply. (When I refused) they trumped up charges against me,” wrote Adnan on his Facebook page today.
Adnan said had he acceded to Mahathir’s alleged request, the former would have been made a cabinet minister and the case dropped in the “blink of an eye”.
Adnan also alleged that as prime minister, Mahathir had also dropped criminal charges against his allies and allegedly enriched his children.
Adnan said he felt vindicated after the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction and acquitted him on July 16 but pointed out that many, especially Dr Mahathir, were unsatisfied with the court’s verdict.
“It is said that I was acquitted from my conviction because I was conspiring with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“The question of why I was dragged to court is no secret. I was one of the selective few chosen to be prosecuted when I refused to obey Tun’s order.
On July 16, the Court of Appeal overturned Adnan’s conviction and sentence of 12-months jail and a RM2 million fine. It was a 2-1 decision by the three-panel bench.
The lower court had found Adnan guilty of receiving RM2 million in bribes from real estate developer Chai Kin Kong.
The attorney-general’s office has vowed to appeal against the ruling.
Meanwhile, Adnan said Mahathir should be aware that RM2 million was insignificant to the former.
“When I was appointed as a deputy minister in 2000, I declared assets worth RM980 million to Mahathir himself,” said Adnan.
He added that the trial had affected his businesses both locally and abroad.
Following the acquittal, Adnan even admitted that he was considering legal action against Dr Mahathir, former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, senior lawyer Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, an unnamed NGO, and two other DAP federal lawmakers for tarnishing his name and business efforts but decided otherwise.