A French indictment is a charge, and Razak Baginda has been indicted

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) welcome recent developments in the Scorpene inquiry being conducted at Tribunal deGrande Instance in Paris.

We congratulate investigating judge Roger LeLoire for his determination and diligence in arriving at such critical outcomes and bringing the inquiry to new turning points, five years since the investigations started.

On 1 August 2017, news broke that key negotiator to the deal Abdul Razak Baginda was indicted for active and passive complicity to corruption and abuse of corporate assets. The reports of the indictment were confirmed by our French lawyer, William Bourdon, who took a break from his summer vacation, to talk with us briefly.

He informed us that investigating judge LeLoire has written a separate 11-page judgment on the grounds for Razak Baginda’s indictment and rationale for pressing criminal charges against him. Bourdon has informed us that his office will obtain this document upon returning from his leave.

“Baginda has been indicted. That is confirmed on 18 July 2017. An investigating judge has the powers to press criminal charges, against suspects he finds has violated French laws, in this case the OECD convention as well. There should not be any doubts to this, as France has a two-tier court system. All indicted persons will be brought before a higher court, when this inquiry completes shortly”, Mr Bourdon told us over the telephone yesterday evening.

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