KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Oct 2008: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz has denied claims that an investigation into the “black eye” incident involving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had been completed and that it had found elements of abuse of power by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
Mohamed Nazri said the probe was still being conducted by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and not by the Attorney-General’s Office, as alleged by DAP Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang during the debate on the Supply Bill 2009 in the Dewan Rakyat today.
“It’s the ACA and not Solicitor-General Datuk Idrus Harun who is responsible for the investigation. It follows the principle of natural justice, whereby it is not right for a person to be handling a probe involving his own boss,” he told a press conference at Parliament’s lobby.
Mohamed Nazri said he had contacted the ACA on the matter and had been told the investigation was still ongoing and a full report had yet to be compiled.
Asked who would be responsible when the findings were in, Mohamed Nazri said he was not told about it but reckoned it would be the Attorney-General’s Office as it was the institution in charge of such matters.
The “black eye” incident refers to the time Anwar, who had just been sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998, was assaulted while in police custody. — Bernama