A bullet was sent to the home of Malaysia’s top anti-corruption official investigating a former prime minister — and now he’s back to finish what he started

A bullet was sent to the home of Malaysia’s top anti-corruption official investigating a former prime minister — and now he’s back to finish what he started


Najib Razak
Former prime minister Najib Razak
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  • Malaysia’s top anti-corruption official once had a
    bullet sent to his home while investigating a financial scandal
    linked to then-Prime Minister Najib Razak.

  • In an emotional speech on Tuesday, Mohd Shukri
    Abdull said during the 2015 investigation he was harassed and
    witnesses disappeared.


  • During a visit to the US, Shukri said the NYPD
    provided him with three bodyguards.


  • A probe into billions of dollars missing from
    state investment fund 1MDB has been re-opened since Najib lost
    the election two weeks ago.


  • Shukri interviewed Najib earlier in the day,
    saying he is “coming back to finish what I haven’t
    finished.”


The head of Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission had a bullet
sent to his home during the investigation of a financial scandal
that implicated former prime minister Najib Razak.

Mohd Shukri Abdull, chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption
Commission (MACC), told reporters on Tuesday that during a 2015
investigation into how billions of dollars when missing from
state investment fund 1MDB he was repeatedly threatened and told
he would be “arrested and locked up.”

“I was threatened to be fired, asked to retire early, take
leave early, and be pulled into the training
department,” Shukri said, adding that witnesses were “taken
away” and he once had a bullet sent to his home.

“We wanted to bring back money that was stolen back to our
country. Instead we were accused of bringing down the country, we
were accused of being traitors,” he said, tearing up during his
remarks. 

“I cried like a baby. I felt very
guilty. Former MACC chief Abu Kassim and I have been accused of
betrayal.”

At one point Shukri even flew to Washington to bring the
1MDB case, in which suspicious funds ended up in the personal
accounts of Najib, to US authorities. But when he was followed
and photographed by people he knew he went to New York where he
was provided three NYPD “bodyguards.”

On Tuesday he said he “nearly died” during the whole
process.

Shukri was previously MACC’s deputy chief commissioner but
resigned in an emotional speech in 2016, saying he had been
accused of trying to overthrow the government and urged his
collagues to “be
brave
.”

He was appointed head of the commission
after 

Malaysia’s new prime minister, Mahathir
Mohamad, beat Najib at the polls nearly two weeks ago. It was a
shock result and the opposition alliance now holds power for the
first time in the country’s independent history.

Mahathir also announced a renewed effort in investigating
the 1MDB scandal. A new taskforce has been created and the prime
minister said he
expects charges to be laid
.

Earlier today, Shukri interviewed Najib over $10.6 million
found in the former prime minister’s bank account which allegedly
originated from a former 1MDB subsidiary.

“I’m coming back to finish what I haven’t finished,” Shukri
said.

Shukri also mentioned $681 million found in Najib’s
accounts in 2015. At the time, a member of the Saudi royal family
said the funds were a “personal donation,” and Shukri said on
Tuesday they approached that prince who confirmed making the
donation.

“But when we asked for supporting documents, he couldn’t
produce any,” Shukri said.

White House Triples Down on ‘Animals’ of MS-13 with New Fact Sheet

White House Triples Down on ‘Animals’ of MS-13 with New Fact Sheet

The White House offered evidence of transnational gang MS-13 brutality in a Monday morning “What You Need To Know About The Violent Animals Of MS-13” release.

President Donald Trump referred to MS-13 gang members as “animals” during a sanctuary state roundtable at the White House last week,  spurring many media outlets to misreport his comments as referring to immigrants in general. The Associated Press had to delete a tweet that misrepresented the President’s comments that other outlets had similarly misreported.

“The violent animals of MS-13 have committed heinous, violent attacks in communities across America,” read the Monday White House release.

Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas were brutally murdered by MS-13 members. Their parents – Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas – were guests of President Trump at his State of the Union address in January. 

The White House recounted the MS-13 murder of Mickens and Cuevas:

Police believe these young girls were chased down and brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members on Long Island, New York, in 2016. Suffolk County Police Commissioner stated that the “murders show a level of brutality that is close to unmatched.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders rebuked the media and liberals over twisting the “animals” comment, criticizing them for defending brutal MS-13 gangsters and asserting that she would use much stronger language to describe the criminal organization’s members who rape, murder, traffic, and mutilate their victims. She cited three cases of the gang’s brutality.

One MS-13 case in Maryland involved a gang member allegedly stabbing a man, decapitating him, dismembering the body, and ripping his heart out. Also in that state, police say members of the gang beat a 15-year-old human trafficking victim 30 times with a bat, each taking turns.

Two MS-13 gangsters laughed, smiled, and waved to cameras during a court hearing during which they faced charges for the kidnapping and sexual assault of one girl and the murder of another.

The White House pointed to communities in New York that have seen “abhorrent violence” at the hands of MS-13. Over the course of a year and a half, from January 2016 to June 2017, nearly 40 percent of Suffolk County murders were tied to the savage MS-13 gang. 

A Nassau County teen was killed and hacked up in January 2017. “MS-13’s animals reportedly saw the murder as a way to boost their standing in the gang,” according to the White House. Police believe that the April 2017 brutal murders of four young men in Long Island were the work of MS-13, and a year later the gang was calling for members to kill a cop just to make a statement.

“MS-13 is a transnational gang which follows the motto of “kill, rape, control” by committing shocking acts of violence in an attempt to instill fear and gain control,” the statement continued, offering details about the transnational gang. “MS-13, short for Mara Salvatrucha, commits shocking acts of violence to instill fear, including machete attacks, executions, gang rape, human trafficking, and more. In their motto, the animals of MS-13 make clear their goal is to ‘kill, rape, control.’” The gang boasts around 10,000 members in the United States.

The White House adds:

Recent investigations have revealed MS-13 gang leaders based in El Salvador have been sending representatives into the United States illegally to connect the leaders with local gang members. These foreign-based gang leaders direct local members to become even more violent in an effort to control more territory.

The release concluded with a promise, “President Trump’s entire Administration is working tirelessly to bring these violent animals to justice.”

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The Nuclear Option: What Obama Administration Did Was Much Worse Than Watergate

The Nuclear Option: What Obama Administration Did Was Much Worse Than Watergate

At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all of this — it comes down to precisely what we said it was a year and a half ago.

The Obama administration — with or without the knowledge and direction of President Obama himself — perverted one of the most powerful, clandestine spying operations in the world and used it at the very height of a presidential campaign to spy on political opponents, punish them and, ultimately, silence them through extortion.

If this was orchestrated without the express knowledge of Mr. Obama, then it reveals just how blatantly he instructed by example the weaponizing of the entire federal government to carry out his low, dishonest and unjust ideology. By any means necessary, one might say. Only instead of being driven by visions of justice, these people were driven by visions of undying power.

 If this conspiracy was carried out at the express direction of Mr. Obama or other high officials in his administration, then they belong in jail. From unmasking of political opponents to leaking their names to the press, to killing legitimate investigations, to launching politically motivated witch hunts, a racket of this scale could not have been carried out without some major juice and cover at the top levels of the Department of Justice, FBI, and the White House.

The rogue henchmen carrying out the dirty work, as always, presented as perfect, decent and most honest little Boy Scouts like former FBI Director James B. Comey.

Most of the FBI today must be horrified by the degree to which Mr. Comey and his goon squad handed over the entire mission of the FBI to political hacks inside the Obama administration. Still, there were far too many inside the bureau willing to junk their oath in the name of some kind of higher “justice.” Which is just another way of saying “selling their soul for partisan gain.

It is worse than any of the domestic abuses by the CIA during the Cold War.

It is worse even than what the federal government did to undermine civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr.

As bad and corrupt as it is to harass innocent citizens under any circumstances, it is so much worse to weaponize the government to pursue and punish and eliminate domestic political opponents. That is the sort of thing that destroys a Republic.

And yes, it is even much worse than Watergate. At the end of the day, Watergate was a bungled break-in by low-level political hacks. And then it was about the political cover-up and how high it went.

What happened under Mr. Obama is the stuff of Third-World dictators.

When Donald Trump was running for president, establishment Republicans and Democrats alike ran around thumping their chests feigning outrage that Mr. Trump would not be capable of respecting the Constitution.

At that time, the Obama administration was spying on Mr. Trump and his campaign and carrying out the most extensive and brazen undercover espionage-war campaign against political opponents that we have ever seen.

All the while nary a peep from these same smarmy swamp creatures as Mr. Obama rolled the constitution into joints so he and his political Choom Gang could smoke bales of weed.

• Charles Hurt can be reached at churt@washingtontimes.com; follow him on Twitter via @charleshurt.