A Malaysian-born Australian lawyer Quintin Rozario has labelled the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch as a ‘bully’ over her “gung-ho” civil suit press conference on Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, the 1MDB.
The Brisbane-based lawyer described Lynch’s manner conducting the press conference last month was more of an attack on the sovereignty of Malaysia.
“She could have focused more on the property seizure rather attacking certain individuals.
“Why so much gung-ho at the press conference?
“The US only has laws to confiscate properties. What is the lawful authority that the US has?
“There was a conspiracy to defraud 1MDB.
“Loretta Lynch has acted like a big bully. It’s clear bullying by the US on a small sovereign nation like Malaysia,” Rozario told newsmen at a press conference arranged by a non-governmental organisation in Petaling Jaya today.
He said that during their press conference, Lynch and her team should have put forward the evidence against the civil suit to the members of media.
“But they did not. They tried to imply someone was guilty without any evidence or any authoritative decision by a court or tribunal,” said Rozario.
He further blasted the American authoritied of practising double-standards in their application of laws by comparing the US Kleptocracy Initiative adopted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on 1MDB and Operation Fox Hunt by China.
“The US has practiced double standards by only pushing their homeland initiative against others, who they deemed as soft targets like Malaysia.
“But the US does not recognise initiatives of other nation like China,” said Rozario.
Early this year China’s foreign ministry urged Washington to intensify co-operation on the repatriation of fugitives and the recovery of their ill-gotten gains under the Fox Hunt initiative.
The Chinese government’s efforts to extradite its nationals, who have fled abroad, has proved highly controversial, especially in the US and Hong Kong.
However due to concerns over human rights and the fairness of China’s judicial system, the US has yet made a concrete decision to allow any form of formal extradition.
Rozario stressed out that although Lynch did not name the Malaysian Official 1, but it was misconstrued by many parties.
“It has invited the media and opposition politicians to battle on a guessing game which is unnecessary,” he said.
On the other hand Perspek president Tunku Abdul Aziz has questioned the US authorities especially DOJ and FBI for not taking an initiative to gather evidence directly from the primary source 1MDB but opt out to gather from others.
Also present was lawyer Noorhajran Mohd Noor.
Last month the US DOJ through its AG announced the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than US$1 billion in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund- 1MDB.