Cops to call up Tommy Thomas over defamation report

(FMT) – Former attorney-general Tommy Thomas will be called up by the police to have his statement recorded on his recently published memoir “My Story: Justice in the Wilderness”.

Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat said Thomas would be called to give his statement “as soon as possible” after a police report was lodged against the lawyer over comments made in the book.

He added that the matter is being probed under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation.

Earlier today, a retired senior legal officer filed a police report against Thomas for allegedly tarnishing his reputation by claiming he was incapable of prosecuting Najib Razak for corruption in the SRC International case.

Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria, who retired as director-general of the Judicial and Legal Training Institute in August, urged police to investigate the former attorney-general for criminal defamation.

Yesterday, Najib Razak had also issued a letter of demand to Thomas for allegedly defaming him in his memoir in connection with the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

Najib’s lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said his client was seeking an apology, RM10 million in compensation, an immediate public retraction of the statement from the book as well as an undertaking not to repeat the allegations and comments.