No DNAA For Corruption Cases Involving Politicians

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) refers to the money laundering case (AMLA) of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak involving funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) amounting to RM27 million, where he was told yesterday he could apply for full acquittal or discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) in September if prosecutors are unable to decide by then on his representation to drop the RM27 million SRC International money laundering charges against him.

The issue of granting DNAA – (release without acquitting) by the Attorney General is not new, in fact it has happened several times involving politicians from almost all major political parties in the country.

BERSIH fears that this development will erode the people’s trust in law enforcement institutions, especially the Attorney General’s Chambers. To make matters worse, the Attorney General’s statement on 15 January 2024 that the public prosecutor does not need to give an explanation when applying to withdraw charges is completely unacceptable when the case involves public interest and implicating politicians at the highest level of our country’s administration.

Therefore, BERSIH together with our NGO partners and youth today held a flash mob to remind and insist that it is time for the Attorney General to immediately stop applying for DNAA (discharge not amounting to acquittal) to corruption cases involving politicians.

We reject DNAA for any politician from any party who is being charged with corruption and criminal breach of trust. We urge those who are facing corruption charges to defend themselves and be tried fairly in the court, instead of dropping their charges with the ‘gifting’ of DNAA.

This is an urgent demand while awaiting the outcome of the taskforce by the Federal Government regarding the proposal to separate the offices of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecutor. In line with that, BERSIH urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to announce an implementation timeline for this separation of Attorney General and Public Prosecutor, as well as other reform agendas such as MACC reform and the Political Financing Act.

Bersih once again reminds the Federal Government of the Reformasi promises and principles that they advocated before assuming power. The Rakyat are watching and if the DNAA continues to be granted for corruption cases involving politicians, the people’s trust in our public institution will be eroded. Do not take the People for granted!

No to DNAA! No to corruption!

Issued by:
BERSIH Steering Committee