by Theleaders-Online | May 27, 2019 9:13 am
PUCHONG: Malaysian human rights organization Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) has clarified that former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak associate, Abdul Razak Baginda is still facing two corruption charges in the French court.
“We however would like to impress upon the fact that the indictment made against Razak Baginda for the remaining two charges – complicity in active corruption and concealment of misuse of corporate assets – remains,” said Sevan Dorasamy and Cynthia Gabriel in a joint statement.
“The French Court in dismissing his application to strike out the indictment for these two charges ruled that there were sufficient elements to substantiate the indictment. The case will proceed accordingly.”
They said this in response to local media reports that claimed that the Paris appeal court had dropped the charges of “passive corruption” while retaining the remainder of the charge sheet.
On the dropped passive corruption charge, Sevan and Gabriel confirmed that the charge was dropped because it took place before the French law cannot be applied retrospectively.
“We have been advised by the lawyers in charge of the Scorpene case that only one indictment in relation to complicity in passive corruption against Razak Baginda had been dropped.”
“This decision was made due to the fact that the act of passive corruption which was allegedly committed by Razak Baginda took place before it was criminalized by the French law in 2007.”
“The decision was made in response to Razak Baginda’s application to strike out the indictment made against him for all the three charges related to the Scorpene corruption scandal.”
Razak Baginda was the key person who was involved in Scorpene submarine scandal that was approved by Najib during his tenure as Defence Minister.
Both have also been implicated in the murder of Mongolian translator, Altantuyaa Shaariibuu.
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