Sri Ram refutes Apandi’s allegations in Najib’s case

by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA

LEAD prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram (picture) has dismissed former Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s allegation that he (Sri Ram) had been sent by former Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to see the latter (Mohamed Apandi) over the conversation to arrest Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak two years ago.

In his affidavit-in-reply filed on July 6, Sri Ram said he attended a meeting with Mohamed Apandi and his wife at their home in a purely professional capacity.

“During the meeting, I rendered certain advice which is the subject matter of legal professional privilege.

“Mohamed Apandi was visibly upset by the attacks of cybertroopers in the pay of the accused Najib,” he said.

Sri Ram said during the conversation, he advised Mohamed Apandi that there was evidence in the public domain against Najib and it was Mohamed Apandi’s duty to have Najib arrested and charged.

“At no time during the conversation did I ever mention I had been sent by Dr Mahathir,” he said.

The former Federal Court judge contended that Mohamed Apandi was “attempting to frustrate” Najib’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd and its audit report tampering trials.

“But these are mere self-corroboration of a conversation inaccurately recounted by Mohamed Apandi. It is an attempt by him to come to the accused Najib’s aid with the view to frustrate the ongoing trials of Najib,” he said.

Sri Ram also denied that he had taken instructions from political figures and denied he was a political appointee.

“I am conducting the prosecution on the instructions of the public prosecutor. As such, the allegations of political bias against me are unfounded and without basis,” he said.

Sri Ram’s affidavit was in response to Mohamed Apandi’s affidavit to support Najib’s application to disqualify Sri Ram from leading the prosecution team in Najib’s 1MDB audit report tampering case.

Mohamed Apandi in his affidavit alleged Sri Ram of trying to convince him to arrest Najib in 2018, who was the PM at that time, over the 1MDB scandal under Dr Mahathir’s orders.