Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nazri: Police, MACC not probing Copgate

Source: (By Aidila Razak, 27/9/2012)
Police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission are not probing claims that former inspector general Musa Hassan (below) was involved in underworld activities.
In a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said that this is because no reports were lodged on the matter with both the agencies.
"However, if a report or complaint is made, the enforcement agencies will conduct investigations in accordance with the law," he said.
Lim had asked the prime minister if the government had probed former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) chief Ramli Yusuff's claims that Musa had links with underworld figures BK Tan and Goh Cheng Poh while Musa was still in service.
In an immediate reaction, former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) chief Ramli Yusuff rebutted Nazri saying he had indeed lodged several reports on the matter. “I lodged a few reports, but (they were) conveniently ‘NFA’ed (marked ‘no further action’) by the AG’s Chambers,” Ramli toldMalaysiakini in an email today.
However he did not elaborate on the details of the said reports or when they were made. The former top cop also countered Nazri’s claim that an investigation could not be carried out without a police report having been made, saying that the case had already been widely reported in the media and action was thus warranted.
“No need to lodge a police report, because it is being widely reported. The police or MACC should initiate action if it involves serious allegations without waiting for reports to be lodged. When I was in service, we opened up a lot of investigation papers based on ‘first information reports’ lodged by our officers,” said Ramli. "That's why we insist to have a tribunal," he added.
'High level collusion'
Malaysiakini earlier this year reported that several whistleblowers-whose information led to the arrest of Johor kingpin Goh aka Tengku Goh in 2007-had been forced to implicated six police officers investigating the case. These officers were charged with fabricating evidence in 2007, but eventually all were acquitted, the last in mid-2011. Ramli on Feb 29 had alleged that attorney general Abdul Gani Patail, Musa and Goh had colluded to "fix" him and the six police officers.
Malaysiakini had posted a special report in 2007 on the scandal, piecing together information on the goings-on involving the top echelon of the police force.
Musa Hassan has denied protecting Tengku Goh or conspiring with Abdul Gani to frame Ramli and his men, calling the allegations a tactic by those with an ulterior motive to create confusion.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein when asked in March following the exposes said the government would investigate if there is proofof the claims.
Related news: No probe into ex-IGP, underworld links as there was no complaint, says Nazri
Nazri: No probe into ‘copgate’
No probe into ex-IGP

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