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attorney general

1. a country's chief law officer and senior legal adviser to its government
2. (in the US) the chief law officer and legal adviser of a state government
3. (in some states of the US) a public prosecutor
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Attorney General


in Britain, the USA, and several other countries, one of the highest officers of justice. In Britain the attorney general is a member of the cabinet, is the principal legal adviser to the government who conducts court cases and other legal proceedings affecting the interests of the state, and supports the prosecution in court in cases which have a particular political importance. In the USA the attorney general is the head (minister) of the Department of Justice and the principal legal adviser to the federal government. Some states also have the office of attorney general.

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Meanwhile, Thaiveegan said police had submitted its investigation paper on the Oct 19 landslide at the construction site of the paired highway at Jalan Bukit Kukus to the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) for further action.
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the government has decided to delay the White Paper on the Federal Land Development Authority's (Felda) issues until next year following advice from the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC).
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In August, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) charged Low and his father, Tan Sri Larry Low, in absentia for money laundering.
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