The US DOJ and AG use strong arm tactic to deny natural justice

 |Aug 4, 2016
Loretta Lynch, the US AG, has made a mockery of the rule of law by implying that “those named in the suit were guilty of the offence.”
Loretta Lynch, the US AG, has made a mockery of the rule of law by implying that “those named in the suit were guilty of the offence.”

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There is, I admit, a certain satisfaction to be derived from having one’s views vindicated.

Readers may remember my article on July 22 in Malaysia Outlook titled – ‘FBI has nothing to pin on Najib.’

In it, I made the point that “The filing of the civil forfeiture claims by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for the recovery of assets in excess of US$ 1 billion that they believed to have been acquired by persons who had plundered 1MDB, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, sits uneasily with many fair-minded, thinking Malaysians.”

As I had anticipated, many have expressed equally serious concerns about the US handling of the case.

A prominent Malaysia-born litigation lawyer in Brisbane, Quintin Rosario, has lent his considerable voice, and lambasted the DOJ, saying that the action taken by the US was illegal.

Rosario averred that the US Attorney-General (AG) had used “strong arm tactics” to cower the defendants by denying them natural justice.

They were not given an opportunity to be heard.

As we all know, strong-arm tactics are part of a practice long adopted by the US to ensure compliance with their dictates.

Legally questionable methods are used regularly to bring smaller nations to heel.

Threatening or actually using a whole battery of economic, military and political weapons and other apparatuses of state against weak countries has long become part of their standard operating procedure.

Today, it is Malaysia’s good fortune, and turn in the queue, to get a taste of Uncle Sam’s much trumpeted brand of justice.

We are about to discover that the US is not the universal fountain of justice that most people in Malaysia believe it to be.

We believe at our peril.

Quintin Rozario has raised several important points of law which underscore my own modest contribution.

For example, I wrote in my previous article that the special press conference called by the DOJ to announce the civil forfeiture complaints was superbly stage-managed for effect; a demonstration of the power and might of a bully at work.

It has produced an unintended effect.

I am not alone in harbouring the notion that this is nothing more than another typically clumsy American effort at imposing their will on the weak.

Loretta Lynch, the US AG, has made a mockery of the rule of law by implying that “those named in the suit were guilty of the offence.”

What apparently is totally untenable is that her assertions were made “without a scintilla of proof or a valid court decision that could back her assertions.”

Malaysians who love their freedom should resist by all legal means this arrogant and blatant attempt by a foreign power to arrogate to itself our sovereign rights.

We kicked the British out in 1957 to bury all remnants of imperialism.

Are we to stand idly by and watch our country being manipulated by a soulless America turned international bully boy?

America by all accounts is showing severe symptoms of a country in terminal moral decay.

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Tunku Abdul Aziz is the former Special Adviser to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Establishment of the UN Ethics Office and former Adviser to Bank Negara Malaysia.