Gani and Musa messed up justice system, says ex-CID chief

(Free Malaysia Today) – A former top cop has described the criminal justice system as being in a mess and laid the blame on Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and ex-IGP Musa Hassan.

He said the two allowed the falsification of evidence in the 1998 black-eye case involving Anwar Ibrahim and also lied about an investigation into alleged abuse of power by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In an open letter posted at Raja Petra Kamarudin’s Malaysia Today blog, former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ismail said he wrote last May to then Deputy IGP Ismail Omar and to Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein for a review of the investigation into false evidence produced in the black-eye case, in which he was the chief investigating officer.

He noted that Musa and Gani had claimed in press reports that investigation papers on the Mahathir case had been sent to the then Attorney-General in February 2000 and that the latter had decided that there was no case.

Mat Zain said the statements were absurd because the investigation of the Mahathir case began only in June 2000 and the investigation papers sent to the AG’s chambers the following November.

Mahathir had been accused of abuse of power by ordering a halt to corruption investigations against Ali Abul Hassan Sulaiman, head of the Economic Planning Unit. During that investigation, RM1 million in cash was found in his office, Mat Zain said.

Mat Zain’s long open letter is addressed to Kalsom Taib, wife of Shafee Yahya, former head of the defunct Anti-Corruption Agency, in response to questions asked in her biography of her husband.