Musa Hassan and Gani Patail were accused today as being the cause of the destruction of the criminal justice system by having allowed falsified evidence against Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 and later lying about an investigation of Mahathir Mohamad for abuse of power.
In an open letter published at Malaysia Today, former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ismail disclosed that he had written in May this year to Ismail Omar, then deputy IGP, and to Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, the home minister, for a review of the investigation into false evidence produced against Anwar in the “black eye” case of 1998.
(Mat Zain headed the investigation into the case and recommended that the Inspector-General then, Rahim Noor, be tried for criminal assault on Anwar Ibrahim in the lockup at police headquarters. Rahim was found guilty and sentenced to two months’ jail.)
He said Musa and Gani had claimed in press reports that investigation papers on the Mahathir case had been sent to the Attorney-General in February 2000 and the AG (the late Mohtar Abdullah) had decided that there was no case.
Mat Zain said the statements were absurd. The investigation papers in the Mahathir abuse of power case were only opened in June 2000 and sent to the AG’s Chambers in November that year.
Questions raised in Shafee Yahya bookIn his letter dated 8 October, Mat Zain accuses Musa, recently-retired as Inspector-General of Police, and Gani, the Attorney-General, of lying about the Mahathir investigation.
Mahathir, then prime minister, had been accused of abuse of power by ordering a halt to corruption investigations against Ali Abul Hassan bin Sulaiman, head of the Economic Planning Unit, during which RM1000,000 in cash was found in his office.
Mat Zain made these revelations in a letter to Datin Kalsom Taib, wife and biographer of Shafee Yahya, former head of the Anti-Corruption Agency, in response to questions asked in her book of her husband’s life and career.
She had asked: “What happened to the probe on Dr Mahathir?”
Mat Zain quoted from the book, which referred to press statements by Musa and Gani about the investigation:
“The IGP confirmed that an investigation on Dr.Mahathir was carried out. (NST 9 April 2008)
“Our recods show we had submitted the investigation papers to the AG Chambers on 15 February 2000. The decision made by the AG at that time (the late Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah) was that there was no case.”
In The Star of the same date (9 April 2008), it was reported that Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail confirmed,
“The Chambers received the investigation papers from the police sometime in February 2000 and after studying it carefully, found no evidence to suggest that Dr. Mahathir had interfered in the investigations”
Mat Zain said the statements by the two men did not make any sense and were false.
It is impossible for the investigation papers to be sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers on 15 February 2000.
Gani Patail and Musa Hassan: they destroyed the criminal justice system, says Mat Zain
“The investigation papers were only opened on June 13, 2000 based on a police report made by Anwar Ibrahim on that date.
“In fact, the investigation papers together with ACA investigation papers seized from the agency were only sent to the Attorney General on 9 November 2000.”
Mat Zain suggested that maybe the IGP and AG meant the 15th of February 2001.
However, even if Musa Hassan and Gani had said 15 February 2001, it would be even more unreasonable.
Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah could not have examined and dismissed the case on that date as he was not longer the Attorney General.
He had been succeeded by Datuk Ainum Mohammad Said on January 1, 2001.
Mat Zain suggested that Musa Hassan and Gani Patail had not bothered to amend the date because the person named, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah, had since died. “The dead cannot speak. Maybe they forgot that many of those still alive who know these things and can question the fact.”
“If Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Tan Sri Gani Patail did not make the absurd statement that this case will not be sustainable. The fact is they who have opened the flood-gates for more questions to be raised about the integrity of the police investigation.”
They both have undermine police investigation in this case, as well as having allowed falsified evidence in the Anwar Ibrahim “black eye” case when Anwar was beaten up in the Bukit Aman lockup by Rahim Noor, then the Inspector-General.
Mat Zain decided to retire from the police force in 2001. He has since been embroiled in suits involving the several Anwar Ibrahim cases, and has also alleged that he is being victimised by the police force.- Malaysia Today