Malaysian police have no way of extraditing her despite them having an arrest warrant out in her name, so claimed Sarawak Report editor-in-chief Clare Rewcastle-Brown.
According to a report by news portal Malaysiakini, Brown said the reason she believed the arrest was impossible was because the crime Malaysian police claimed she had committed does not exist in the United Kingdom and most other countries.
“The ‘crime’ under which this warrant was obtained does not exist in most countries outside of Malaysia, so I can’t be extradited under it,” she told the portal.
The police had earlier today issued a statement saying that it had obtained a warrant of arrest against Brown under Section 124B and 124I of the Penal Code.
Section 124B concerns activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy while 124I concerns publishing false statements that may cause public alarm.
Speaking further to the portal, Brown said obtaining the warrant for her arrest would only embarrass the Malaysia in the eyes of the international community as it contradicts the country’s democratic principles.
Whistle-blower site Sarawak Report had published reports alleging that Najib’s private bank account has had RM2.6 billion channelled into it.
It had claimed that the allegations were made based on leaked e-mails between PetroSaudi International and national sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Najib had repeatedly insisted that he had never pocketed any public money for his personal interest.
Anti-graft agency Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which is also part of the task force investigatin 1MDB-related activities, released a statement yesterday revealing that the RM2.6 billion did not come from 1MDB and was actually from donors as political donations.