Mar 10, 2007

Cops to record Zulkipli's statement

PUTRAJAYA (March 9, 2007): Police will call Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) director-general Datuk Seri Zulkipli Mat Noor for his statements after considering the facts of the case pertaining to allegations of corruption and power abuse against him.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police were focusing on allegations by former Sabah ACA director Mohamad Ramli Abdul Manan and properties owned by Zulkipli in 10 years.

“After we have finished synchronising the facts, we will get statementsfrom Zulkipli,” he told Bernama after the monthly assembly of the Internal Security Ministry, attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi here today.
Musa, who declined to elaborate further on the probe, said police were still investigating and asked the media to be patient and refrain from sensationalising the case.
Yesterday, Bernama reported that police needed some time as they had to dig into cases which had been reported 10 years ago.

Ramli, who went on compulsory retirement last Dec 8, lodged a police report last July alleging that Zulkipli was a “corrupt senior police officer who owned properties and assets through corrupt practices”.

Following Ramli’s allegation, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity had scheduled a meeting with Zulkipli and Ramli on Monday (March 12) but this has been cancelled.

Committee chairman and Minister in the Prime Minister’sDepartment Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said yesterday the committee decided to cancel the meeting following developments
involving the case, includinga suit which was filed by Ramli against Zulkipli and several government agencies.

On Wednesday (March 7), Ramli filed a civil suit against Zulkipli and five others for libel and slander and for holding back his pension and retirement benefits since last year.

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