It’s rubbish, says Apandi of Raja Petra’s claims

(The Star) – Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali is contemplating filing a suit against blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin for posting an allegedly defamatory article.

“It is all rubbish and highly defamatory. I intend to sue the writer till kingdom come,” the top prosecutor told The Star.

“I am seriously going to sue and am consulting my lawyer friends in the United Kingdom. This is nothing but fake news done with an evil intention,” Apandi reportedly said.

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He said this in response to an article by Raja Petra titled “Strong Rumours Surrounding the AG: Part 1” published in his Malaysia Today blog. Raja Petra is known to reside in the UK.

In the article on Friday, he had claimed that there was a meeting in 2015 between senior judges – comprising the then chief justice Arifin Zakaria, current chief justice Raus Shariff and current Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin – with Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He claimed that the meeting was about an alleged plot by then attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail with some others to bring down the government over investigations on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and its former subsidiary SRC International.

Raja Petra also alleged that Apandi had demanded RM4 million from a Chinese businessman, identified as a “business partner” of the Sultan of Johor, on a case he had won.

Apandi denied the allegations of corruption contained in the article.

The former Federal Court judge was appointed as attorney-general on July 28, 2015 following the abrupt removal of Gani midway through investigations into 1MDB and SRC by a special task force.

On January 26 last year, Apandi cleared Najib of any criminal wrongdoing related to the two companies.

The task force, reportedly set up by Gani and comprising representatives from the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Bank Negara, had referred to the attorney-general’s chambers for legal advice.