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Why didn’t you object to Najib’s passport application, AGC asked

PETALING JAYA: The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has urged the attorney-general’s chambers (AGC) and the prosecution team to explain why there was no objection to Najib Razak’s application for temporary custody of his passport.

In a statement, C4 said it was appalled that the former prime minister has been allowed to travel abroad, especially since he had already been convicted for corruption and criminal breach of trust.

It was reported yesterday that the Court of Appeal had allowed the temporary release of Najib’s impounded passport to enable him to visit his daughter Nooryana Najwa, who is due to give birth in Singapore.

A three-member bench chaired by Kamaludin Md Said unanimously agreed to allow the application after hearing submissions from Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Fairuz Johari did not raise any objection.

“There are real reasons for concern about flight risk, as he (Najib) is appealing (against) his conviction and continues to face more daunting charges in court, all related to 1MDB and its subsidiaries. He is also appealing against the RM1.69 billion in fines to be paid to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

“In addition, the 1MDB scandal was again named in the Pandora Papers, and linked to Russian and Indian frauds, signalling no end to this gargantuan financial heist, in which he is a central figure,” it said.

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