KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27, 2016:

All parties must respect the decision of Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali to absolve Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any wrongdoing, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

Singling out the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in particular, she said debates regarding the issues concerning the RM2.6 billion as well as two cases involving SRC International, must stop especially on social media.

“Under Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution, the Attorney General shall have power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah court, a native court or a court-martial.

“The discretionary power accorded to the Attorney-General under Article 145(3) is absolute, cannot be challenged or replaced by any power including courts.

“In other words, if any party disagrees with the Attorney-General in his handling of an allegation, they have no basis to challenge it in any quorum,” she said in a statement.

Mohamed Apandi, in a statement on Tuesday, cleared Najib of any wrongdoing regarding the three aforementioned cases.

“The Attorney General’s decision was made after inspecting the reports presented from many angles.

“As such, all parties including MACC must adhere to the decision,” she stressed.

Earlier today, the MACC said it would be tabling the Attorney-General’s decision to close investigations on the RM2.6 billion donation issue at the Operations Evaluation Panel soon.

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