Special Branch arrested two people last night – a former anti-graft agency adviser and an officer from the Attorney-General’s Chambers – as part of their investigations into the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue.
One of them – a former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisor has been identified as Tan Sri Datuk Rashpal Singh.
It had earlier been reported that an MACC advisor had met Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown in London’s Hyde Park.
Well placed sources confirm that the MACC adviser and Rashpal Singh are one in the same person.
Who is Rashpal?
Rashpal is one of the 13 conspirators initially listed and is closely linked to Dato Sri Mohd Sukri (MACC deputy Chief) and Datuk Tan Kang Sai (MACC Special Operations Director) whom are under his payroll. It is understood from the source that certain officers in BNM are also under Rashpal Singh’s payroll.
It was also revealed that Rashpal Singh has been dating Jessica Kaur for a long time. Jessica Kaur came under attack as one of the main causes of leaks of information.
It is understood that whilst dating Rashpal Singh she was at the same time sleeping with the ex-AG in order to obtain information.
Under what charges?
The duo will be charged under Section 124 of the penal code which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Charges under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and Anti Money Laundering Act 2001 (AMLA) are actively being considered.
There is evidence that Jaspal Singh has committed a crime under the OSA given that there is photographic evidence of him meeting Clare Brown in London.
Those close to him are reportedly shaken as they are aware of the meeting that took place and the part that he played in the leaks. Clare wrote extensively about the meeting and even went as far as to blatantly defend Raspal Singh.
“The Malaysian, who has a London home, was a social contact, but emphatically not ever a source of information for this blog” – Sarawak Report
Why did Clare Brown meet in her words “a known pro-UMNO official” in London’s Hyde park?
Similarly why did Raspal Singh agree to meet Clare Brown?
What was discussed at this meeting?
The Official Secrets Act – will Special Branch use this to get Rashpal to turn on his ‘friends’?
Under the Official Secrets Act 1972, the dissemination of confidential information is prohibited. The official secrets act carries the penalty of life imprisonment.
Passing information to a foreign entity only stands to complicate this further.
Evidence gathering – no honor amongst thieves?
It is evident that similar to the MACC investigation, Special Branch is working bottom up.
The first two have been arrested and are currently being interrogated. These interrogations will provide evidence and additional leads as Special Branch goes through the wanted list.
It is only a matter of time before the dragnet reaches the top of the chain of 13 conspirators that includes Tan Sri Zeti Aziz (BNM Governor), Tong Kooi Ong (Edge Media Group Owner) and Tony Pua (DAP MP).