MACC lodges report on Raja Petra’s exposé on Azmin

(Malaysian Digest) – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has lodged a police report on blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin’s allegation that he has obtained a confidential report proving that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali was ‘being investigated for corruption’ in 1995.

The MACC operations evaluation panel will also call a meeting tomorrow to discuss Raja Petra’s allegation that then deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had instructed the Anti-Corruption Agency (now the MACC) to stop the investigation against Azmin who was Anwar’s private secretary at that time.

Berita Harian reported that MACC investigation director Mustafar Ali had said that the panel will discuss and decide whether the allegation should be probed.

“Criminal investigation has no time frame although it is an old case,” he was quoted as saying on the Malay daily.

The police report was filed at Putrajaya police station last night, he said.

“Any further information related to this case will be known after we present our report to the operations evaluation panel (tomorrow).”

Raja Petra had made the exposé yesterday on his website Malaysia Today, claiming that he has obtained documents that prove Azmin ‘was involved in graft’.

He said “a thick file of hundreds of documents” was handed over to him by a “very disillusioned” retired MACC officer last month who wanted to expose corrupt officers.

The file contains police reports, investigation reports, recorded and signed statements, minutes, statements of accounts, bank statements, copies of cheques, vouchers, contract notes and other documents, he claimed.

The blogger said the file showed that the Anti-Corruption Agency (now the MACC) had gathered concrete evidence to arrest and prosecute Azmin for corruption involving millions of ringgit.

However, he claimed that director-general Datuk Shafee Yahaya had buried the file, tagging it as ‘no further action’ (NFA) on the PKR de facto leader’s alleged instruction.