LAST_UPDATESun, 20 May 2018 4pm

Why Does The DoJ Talk About The Diamond When It Is Not An Item They Seek To Seize?

The civil lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) of the United States of America to seize the assets related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) in their country is seen to be unprofessional as it magnifies on things that are irrelevant to the claim.

Political analyst Lim Sian See said that the DoJ is purposely sensationalising the private joke between Red Granite Picture Producers Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, which does not have any relations to the DoJ lawsuit.

Also not related, is the statement regarding the diamond claimed to be owned by the Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) wife even though it is not in the list of items the DoJ seeks to seize.

"The diamond mentioned in detail by the DoJ in the civil lawsuit is NOT among the assets or items that are sought to be seized by the department on the basis of money laundering. Not at all.

"Yes, the diamond that is widely mentioned is not an asset listed in the lawsuit to be seized in the civil lawsuit!," said LSS, while assuming that the civil lawsuit is a part of a political conspiracy towards Malaysia.

The MO1, who the DoJ previously referred to as Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, is not involved in the civil lawsuit claim, so the wife of MO1 refers to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

According to LSS, the DoJ did not list the diamond as part of the seizure claim as the department does not have any evidence that the diamond exists or gifted as they have claimed.

"A serious question that needs to be asked to the DoJ is why they are working hard in writing sensational details regarding the diamond in their civil lawsuit even though it is not an item they want to seize in their civil lawsuit," LSS asked.

"Writing in detail in the civil lawsuit without a strong legal basis will only destroy the political career of the person they are targeting on behalf of Pakatan and confirms that there exist a cooperation or complicity in channeling the wrong information from Malaysia and the US," he added.

Clarifying on the same issue, Barisan Nasional (BN) strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan understands the right of the DoJ to file a civil lawsuit but said that it needs to be based on provable facts and not from baseless rhetoric or ill-intentioned statements.

"More importantly, the allegations made by the DOJ must first be proven in a court of law, before it can be accepted as fact.

"As a sovereign country, Malaysia has conducted its own investigations. In particular, the influential and bipartisan parliamentary public accounts committee (PAC), made of senior leaders from both sides of the aisle, has not found any evidence that money has been misappropriated from 1MDB," he said.

He added that 1MDB is not a party to the DoJ civil lawsuit and the assets that were allegedly wrongfully procured and sought to be seized were in fact not legally owned or controlled by 1MDB.

"Clearly the DoJ's investigation was triggered by complaints made by certain individuals. My suspicion is that these complainants are actually Malaysians with heinous political agenda against the Prime Minister and the government.

"Malaysians deserve to know who these complainants are and the DoJ should reveal their identities immediately so that Malaysians will quickly realise how deeply embedded the complainants are within the opposition parties agenda to topple the Prime Minister and the democratically elected government of Malaysia," he stressed.