Malaysia PM's lawyer: WSJ yet to respond to letter
Says suit against publisher over article accusing PM of swindling $700 million of public funds among options as deadline ends today
The Wall Street Journal, which published an article accusing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak of siphoning $700 million of public funds into his personal accounts, has yet to respond to a legal letter sent by his lawyers.
Razak's attorney Wan Azmir Wan Majid told Anadolu Agency that a letter sent on July 8 had given the WSJ's publisher Dow Jones a deadline until Tuesday to explain the allegation.
He underlined that if there were no response to the letter by the end of today, Razak would have a few legal avenues to pursue the matter.
"Among them would be to sue the publisher and WSJ or to issue a letter of demand to the WSJ," Wan Majid said.
The advocate added that Dow Jones’ silence only indicates the "admission of guilt" by the international media agency on the false reports.
Earlier this month, the WSJ and whistleblower website Sarawak Report released reports quoting documents claiming $700 million moved among government agencies, banks and entities linked to state investment arm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) before ending up in Razak’s personal accounts in five separate deposits.
Razak had responded immediately by insisting he had not taken funds for personal gain as alleged by political opponents, whether from 1MDB, the Finance Ministry-owned SRC International or other entities.
Days later, Razak's legal team rebutted that the WSJ article did not clarify whether the money reportedly deposited into the prime minister's accounts was from debt-ridden 1MDB.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission announced late Sunday that access to the Sarawak website had been blocked on the grounds that it threatened national security.
A special Malaysian task force comprised of the attorney-general’s office, police, anti-corruption authorities and the Central Bank is currently investigating the media claims.
Last Modified: 2015-07-22 07:41:41
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