Statements of staff from ‘Malaysiakini’ and ‘The Star’ will be recorded if necessary, deputy IGP says

Noor Rashid Ibrahim

(Malay Mail Online) – The police will record statements of staff from the two news organisations that published reports alleging the transfer of an anti-graft agency prosecutor, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police said today.

Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the police began investigations following a complaint based on a viral report on social media that they felt had elements of slander.

In a press conference here, he added that they are still looking into the computers they seized from Malaysiakini and The Star.

“If there is a need to follow up after finding information, we will call those involved,” he added.

It was reported yesterday that Malaysiakini is being investigated by the police and local Internet regulators for reporting earlier this week that a prosecutor involved in the ongoing probe on SRC International Sdn Bhd was suddenly transferred.

Police later confirmed the raid and also added that another raid was conducted atThe Star’s office.

In the report, Malaysiakini had written that a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecutor involved in the remand of several witnesses for the probe on SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), had been transferred.

Although not expressly stated, the article appeared to suggest that the alleged transfer could be for deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Shazalee Abdul Khairi, the same officer who was on August 1 picked up by the police for questioning.

The report also said that DPP Ahmad Shazalee’s secondment to the MACC was supposed to run until 2017, but that the Attorney-General’s Chambers sent him a letter on October 14, asking him to report to it the following day.

On Twitter later, the AGC said Ahmad Shazalee had not been transferred out of the MACC.

On Wednesday, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri was quoted by Malaysiakini as telling Parliament that Ahmad Shazalee was only transferred internally and not out of the MACC.