Report: Malaysian former attorney general planned to charge premier

Malaysia's former attorney general planned to file charges against Prime Minister Najib Razak over the millions of dollars found in the premier’s bank accounts, an Australian television network said Monday.

Abdul Gani Patail told several senior officials on July 23, 2015 of his plan to confront Najib in a cabinet meeting scheduled for July 29, but he was replaced before he could do so, ABC reported.

Two journalists from ABC’s documentary programme Four Corners were deported by Malaysian authorities earlier this month while trying to ask Najib about the scandal that triggered calls for his resignation.

The broadcaster said the episode on Najib, which will be aired later Monday, will show records of deposits to the premier’s bank accounts between 2011 and 2014 coming from unknown individuals and companies.

Najib has been under pressure to resign since July, when the Wall Street Journal newspaper suggested that more than 2.6 billion ringgit (673 million dollars) in his bank accounts came from the state-funded 1Malaysia development fund.

The prime minister has denied wrongdoing, saying the funds were campaign donations from Saudi Arabia that have since been returned.

On Wednesday, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad filed a lawsuit against Najib for breach of public duties linked to the scandal.

A small group of between 200 to 300 activists, headed by Mahathir and opposition stalwart Lim Kit Siang, gathered in a convention centre in Kuala Lumpur this weekend to press for the resignation of Najib.

Mahathir promised to seek the help of Malay rulers to pressure Najib to leave his post.

Last update: Mon, 28/03/2016 - 12:59

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