Bersih calls for an end to DNAA practise in high-profile corruption cases

THE Clean and Fair Election Coalition (Bersih) reiterated its call to the Attorney General’s (AG) office to stop granting discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) to politicians ahead of a looming decision regarding the high-profile case involving former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the alleged misappropriation of RM27 mil from SRC International Sdn Bhd.
“The looming decision of whether to grant a DNAA to the accused stirred deep concern within Bersih, echoing a pattern seen in similar cases involving politicians from various parties,” said Bersih in a statement on its Facebook page.
Bersih along with fellow NGOs and passionate youth organised a flash – with a clear message: the time had come for the AG to cease the practice of granting DNAA, especially in corruption cases involving high-ranking political figures.
“In cases with implications for public interest and involving top-level political figures, transparency was not just desirable but imperative. The flash mob wasn’t just a spectacle; it was a collective call for accountability.
“Bersih urges those facing corruption allegations to defend themselves in a fair trial rather than having charges dismissed through the application of DNAA.
The group also called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to a timeline for the implementation of reforms pertaining to the separation of powers between the AG and the public prosecutor.
It also wants a timeline for the reform of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (SPRM) and the implementation of a Political Funding Act. – Jan 20, 2023
Main photo credit: Malay Mail

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