Jun 13, 2008

Tun Mahathir : Arrest me if you have proof

Following the recent allegation revealed by Judge Ian Chin, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the police can arrest him if they had evidence on allegations that he had threatened judges.

LANGKAWI: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the police can arrest him if they had evidence on allegations that he had threatened judges.

“I have no power now. If they want to investigate, okay, fine. I can face it.

“If I am wrong, okay, they can arrest me,” he said upon his arrival at the Langkawi Airport here Thursday.

“They can investigate me. I want to know the truth,” he said.

Dr Mahathir was responding to a police report lodged against him by DAP chairman Karpal Singh following High Court Judge Justice Ian Chin's claim that the former premier had threatened to remove judges by referring them to a tribunal.

Justice Chin had alleged that Dr Mahathir had issued a thinly-veiled threat to judges during a Judges Conference on April 24, 1997.

Dr Mahathir said those in power now could do what they like.

He also said he would give a press conference on the Justice Chin issue on Friday.

Dr Mahathir had said in his blog that he was curious about what Justice Chin considered as “veiled threat”.

In Kuala Lumpur, former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he could not remember speaking at any “boot camp” for judges and judicial officers in 1997.

“I remember addressing the Asean Law Conference in 1995 as deputy prime minister but I can’t recall attending any conference involving judges,” he said.

The de facto leader of PKR had been asked to shed light on the boot camp that was mentioned by Datuk Ian Chin in his startling disclosure in open court on Monday at the outset of hearing an election petition in Sibu.

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