Attorney General John Jeremie says reports of the existence of an undeclared Cayman Islands bank account in the name of a former government minister and his wife are "a total fabrication and a hoax calculated to create confusion in the national community." In a statement in the Lower House yesterday, Jeremie said that was one of many rumours being spread across the country, which were intended to disturb the peace and stability of the nation. Dealing with the bank account issue, Jeremie said: "The ACIB (Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau) has fully investigated these reports, and has determined that they were a total fabrication and a hoax, calculated to create confusion in the national community."
Jeremie also commented on Wednesday's police interview with Prime Minister Patrick Manning on an affidavit filed by Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr. The affidavit had claimed that Manning had promised the 1990 insurrectionists benefits in exchange for their support in the 2002 general election. "Despite the origin of the affidavit, and the fact that the existence of any deal was denied on oath in the criminal prosecution of the very deponent of the affidavit, the bureau has an obligation to investigate, and the prime minister, like any other citizen has the right to refute the allegations," Jeremie said. He said that was what transpired during the interview.
Jeremie added that Works and Transport Minister Colm Imbert was also a member of the then Cabinet when the matters were alleged to have taken place and was also a likely candidate for interview. "That is all that has transpired...there is nothing in what has taken place which warrants the dramatic and sensational headlines which have been dominating our nation's media," he said. Jeremie said he was forced to comment on the reports because of their "unrelenting fervour" and "the ease with which they are being disseminated." He also denied a Newsday report which claimed that Interpol had confirmed the authenticity of documents claiming that two directors of CH Development were relatives of former executive chairman of Udecott, Calder Hart.
"The ACIB has been diligently pursuing this matter and has received no such confirmation from either Interpol or the Malaysian authorities," Jeremie said. Hart had denied any relations with the officials during testimony in the Uff Commission of Enquiry last year. Jeremie advised citizens that not every rumour should be taken as fact. "While, admittedly, we are operating in a time of heightened political activity, much energy is being expended to disseminate misinformation with the clear purpose of disturbing the peace and stability to which we have grown accustomed under this administration," he said.
Asked to elaborate on that comment during an interview later, Jeremie said: "I think there is a general sense of unease in the society at large, and I think that sense of unease is being fuelled in large part by rumours which are not true." He said he wanted to set the record straight as the authorities work diligently to investigate the matters.
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