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Friday, July 29, 2011

AG to gun after Anwar, Mat Sabu and Ambiga in Bersih round-up

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The Attorney-General's Chambers today confirmed that it has received investigation papers (IPs) on several opposition leaders and Bersih 2.0 leaders from the police to look into the possibility of charging them for their involvement in the July 9 rally calling for electoral reform.
Those named also include PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, whom police are investigating for an allegedly false report he lodged stating that a police vehicle had collided with the motorcycle he was on.
Kuala Lumpur prosecution head Raja Rozela Raja Toran, when contacted, also confirmed the list includes opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Batu MP Tian Chua and Bersih 2.0 chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.

"Yes, they are some of the principal players (about which we have received IPs," Raja Rozela said.
However, she refused to reveal the number of IPs her office had received from the police.
"There are quite a number. Yes, we have received quite a bit of investigation papers (on the rally) as it has to make its way here," she said.
Deputy inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar was quoted as saying today that police have completed investigations into the July 9 rally and had sent the IPs to the AG's Chambers.
Khalid said police have also handed over an IP to the AG's Chambers following allegations made by Mat Sabu that he was hurt when a police vehicle struck his motorcycle before the Bersih rally.
“We are awaiting further instructions (from the chambers) on whether to take follow-up action,” said the deputy IGP.
"The results of investigations after certain quarters complained about police action in ordering the dispersal have also been submitted (to the chambers) for further action,” he said in Genting Highlands.
AG to make a decision soon, says PM
Mat Sabu had claimed the police vehicle had struck him while he was riding pillion on the motorcycle, resulting in his leg injury. However, police produced a CCTV recording to claim otherwise.
Earlier this week, Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar said the papers were expected to be completed by the end of this week and would be submitted to the AG's Chambers.
Normally, the AG's Chambers takes some time to review the papers and in some instances, the papers are returned to the police for further the investigations.
The aim of the July 9 rally organised by Bersih 2.0 was to seek clean and fair elections in the country.
Meanwhile, the prime minister said the attorney-general was looking into the prosecution of those people arrested for participating in the rally.
According to Bernama, Najib Abdul Razak said the action against them would be consistent with the severity of their violation of the law.
"This is up to the attorney-general. I believe he will look into the cases and make a decision soon on whether these people had led the provocation against the authorities or were merely followers," he was quoted as saying in Pendang today.
On allegations that there had been false reports against the police during the rally, Najib said the attorney-general would act accordingly if the reports were indeed false.

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