Former prime minister Najib Razak, who sued three top government officials in connection with the 1MDB investigations, today withdrew his lawsuits against them.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has withdrawn his lawsuit against three individuals leading the investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case.
"They have withdrawn the suit with liberty to file afresh", she said, adding that the High Court gave its approval for the withdrawal.
Last week, media cited Mr Mohd Shukri, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief, as saying he would face any civil suit filed by Najib, while Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Amar Singh told reporters the police would "respond accordingly" if there was a need.
However, little did we know that prior to this statement, Najib had already filed a lawsuit accusing the three men of "prejudicial action" against him during the 1MDB graft scandal investigations.
When contacted, Najib's attorney, Badrul Hisham Abdullah confirmed the withdrawal of the lawsuit.
Najib's initial suits came days before he was arrested and charged over suspicious transactions at SRC International, a former unit of 1MDB.
In his originating summons filed against Thomas, Najib said the former had written an article entitled "Grand Larceny in 1MDB" on July 2016, and published on news portal Malaysiakini.
A spokesman for the law firm representing Najib, Badrul Samad Faik and Co, told Reuters it needed to make changes reflecting recent developments regarding its client's criminal charges before filing new applications.
He said the statement made by Mohd Shukri during the press conference was emotionally charged and vengeful, apart from portraying him as guilty. "As such, his (Mohd Shukri's) integrity and professionalism can be disputed as he should stay neutral until the investigation into the case has been completed, but he chooses to punish without concrete evidence", said Najib in his supporting affidavit.
He claimed Thomas' article had concluded that he (Najib) had taken the money from 1MDB.
In his originating summons against Amar Singh, the Pekan MP said the raid conducted by the latter and his team on his premises, including those resided in by his children at Pavilion Residence and one loaned by a friend to store items moved from his official residence in Seri Perdana, did not comply with the standard operating procedure.