Malaysia, as a signatory of the UN Anti-Corruption Convention (UNCAC) is obliged to honour it commitments.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4) wants Attorney-General Mohd Apandi Ali to clarify whether Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) was granted for the French corruption probe into Malaysia’s acquisition of two Scorpene submarines.
“Malaysia cannot vitiate its responsibilities on this matter,” said C4 Executive Director Cynthia Gabriel in a statement. “It must commit to cooperate to find answers on this corruption scandal. It must have the courage to nab the corrupt no matter how powerful they are.”
Malaysia, as a signatory of the UN Anti-Corruption Convention (UNCAC), was obliged to honour it commitments, added Gabriel. “These commitments obligate member states to provide the fullest cooperation for all cross-border corruption cases.”
This is one scandal too many, she continued. “It’s imperative now for Malaysia’s institutions to stand up and uphold the rule of law, and redeem lost trust.”
C4 was commenting on a French court moving ahead to indict Bernard Baiocco , former President of Thales International Asia (THINT ASIA), who allegedly bribed key public officials in Malaysia on its acquisition of the submarines in 2002.
“If a French court can indict a key French personnel, surely the Malaysian institutions including the police and the MACC must now step forward and reopen the case.”
“The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission must reopen its investigation files and inform the people if no headway was made locally.”
Baiocco allegedly bribed Abdul Razak Baginda, through his company Terasasi Sdn Bhd where his father and he were directors.
Baginda, reportedly close to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, has since admitted that he was paid Euro 30 million (RM 137 million) for consultancy fees, but denied partaking in bribes or corrupt practices.
Source from FMT NEWS