…“It has been the norm for the MACC not to make statements indicating or stating the culpability of a person who is being investigated, or at the end of the investigation,” Sankaran told a press conference at the state secretariat building yesterday.
“Why did the MACC judge my client’s culpability at this stage?” he asked.
He added that Ahmad Said’s mere stating of technicalities did not meet the standards to pursue prosecution.
“Let me reiterate that the protocol on the decision to prosecute places a very heavy burden on the prosecution, and the mere stating of technicalities without the essential elements of criminal intent does not meet the standards to pursue prosecution,” Sankaran said.
“I therefore urge the MACC to act professionally at all times,” he said.
He asked why the MACC had remained non-committal in the investigations into Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
Sankaran said the MACC’s stance reeked of double standards.
“My client, being an opposition politician, is singled out to look guilty in the eyes of the public before he is charged or convicted,” he said.
Asked why Khalid was not at the press conference, Sankaran said he had advised his client not to be present.
Senior exco member Teresa Kok, who was also at the press conference, alleged that Khalid’s case was politically motivated and linked to the political situation in Perak.
In a separate press conference, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng accused the MACC of being “political instruments” acting only against Pakatan Rakyat leaders and not Barisan Nasional leaders.
“It is regrettable that when Anwar (PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) detailed an attempt to bribe his assemblyman, and despite all the evidence available, no action was taken,” he said.
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