Police report lodged against Azalina, MACC for leaking Justice Nazlan’s probe letter

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Azalina declined to comment further on the accusation that she had committed contempt of court with her letter to Najib’s solicitors, Shafee & Co.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth wing members lodged a police report today accusing de facto law minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) of leaking a High Court judge’s investigation letter.

In a police report sighted by Malay Mail, Armada assistant secretary Muhammad Faiz Rahmat said that Azalina and the national anti-graft agency had no right to investigate whether a judge had breached the Judge’s Code of Ethics 2009.

Citing a leaked letter, he also said that Azalina had allegedly affirmed that Justice Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali had breached the judicial code of ethics in the latter’s judgment against the disgraced former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s SRC International corruption case.

“So, it is clear that MACC has leaked their secret information to Azalina to be further leaked to the mass media and blogs to give a false impression that Nazlan has made an unfair decision in convicting Najib in the SRC criminal trial.

“This is a conspiracy to smear Nazlan as a dishonest judge and erode the credibility of his judgment against Najib. The implication is to destroy public confidence in the Malaysian judiciary,” he said in a police report lodged at Dang Wangi station.

Faiz also said that the latest turn of events on Azalina’s leaked letter to Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was a conspiracy committed with ill intention to jeopardise the reputation of the country’s judiciary status.

He said that both Azalina and MACC needed to be investigated as the investigation against Nazlan was unlawful as it was not done without following the protocol.

“The facts above clearly show MACC’s modus operandi in leaking and/or making announcements to give people the impression that the target of their investigation is guilty before they investigate or file any charges in Court for collateral purposes,” he added.

Previously, Azalina said that only the judiciary has the authority to evaluate alleged breaches of ethics involving Nazlan.

On February 24, the Federal Court unanimously held that the MACC’s investigation against Nazlan did not follow proper protocol.

The seven-judge panel was led by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat in presiding over a suit filed by three lawyers that challenged the MACC’s investigation on Nazlan over claims that the latter had an unexplained RM1 million in his account.

Nazlan was the trial judge in the High Court who convicted Najib of embezzling RM42 million belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Nazlan has since been elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile, Azalina today declined to comment further on the accusation that she had committed contempt of court with her letter to Najib’s solicitors, Shafee & Co.

“I already answered (the issue) from my media statement on the process. There is nothing else to say. “What else to say? Nothing. I am an open book,” she told reporters when asked to comment in response to Selayang member of parliament William Leong accusing her of committing contempt of court with the letter.

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On April 6, Azalina in a statement said she had provided an oral reply in the Dewan Rakyat on Feb 23 about the leak of the MACC’s investigation on Nazlan’s case and the outcome of the investigation.

She added her reply to Shafee & Co’s letter was in line with her answer in the Dewan Rakyat, as well as carrying out her duties as a member of the administration to Parliament.

Azalina had also asked the law firm to submit an official application to the MACC if they intended to obtain the results of the investigation.