Kuala Lumpur: Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak has sent a legal notice to former attorney-general, Tommy Thomas seeking RM10m in damages and an ” unqualified apology in terms to be approved by the solicitors” should Thomas not retract his statements on which he alleges that the Najib played a role in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the book is defamatory and he will file a defamation suit against Thomas early next week if the latter did not take off his memoir.
“You portrayed him (Najib) as a murderer by direct inference and innuendo are wholly untrue, false, frivolous, vexatious and devoid of substance nor evidence.
“Your impugned statements are clearly motivated by mala fide and are principally done in your selfish pursuit of seeking cheap publicity, sensationalism and profiteering,” said Shafee.
He added that thomas statements are “grossly negligent, reckless, irresponsible, deliberate, malicious and aimed to lower Najib’s esteem and good reputation in the eyes of the public and further expose our client to public hatred, scorn, odium, contempt and ridicule”.
In his recently released book entitled My story: Justice in the wilderness, Thomas claims that Sirul had provided evidence which corroborated the claims of his co-accused Azilah who implicated Najib in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Thomas also says that he was told that Sirul had previously informed the Australian authorities that he was ordered to kill a foreign spy, which is similar to what Azilah claimed.
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