Najib arrives at MACC headquarters for questioning

Annette Crawford
May 22, 2018

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived at the offices of the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Tuesday for questioning over his suspected role in siphoning money out of the country's development fund.

When the task force starts tomorrow, it'll have no shortage of global counterparts to work with.

He's been attacking Najib over the scandal involving the 1MDB fund.

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing related to 1MDB since the scandal erupted in 2015, and has said $681 million of funds deposited in his personal bank account were a donation from a Saudi royal. The team will be responsible for prosecuting individuals involved in any wrongdoing in the management of the state fund, whose full name is 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

A government official has said Najib could possibly be detained after giving his statement to Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission.

Najib's lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal, told reporters waiting outside the house that the former prime minister and his family were "really very unhappy" that police had confiscated clothes and shoes belonging to his children.

Since losing power, Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, have suffered a series of humiliations, starting with a ban on them leaving the country, and then police searching their home and other properties.

MACC officers were arrested and witnesses went missing during the initial investigation into 1MDB, said Mohd Shukri.

The task force will be co-chaired by Abdul Gani Patail, a former attorney general who had reportedly had been about to press charges against the prime minister when his services were terminated "due to health reasons" in 2015.

"We wanted to bring back money that was stolen back to Malaysia".

These complaints alleged that more than US$4.5 billion was diverted from 1MDB and laundered through a web of shell companies and bank accounts located in the United States and elsewhere.

Amar Singh Ishar Singh, director of the national police's Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), confirmed that the searches were tied to the 1MDB case. "I am not a rogue", he said.

"Enforcement agencies should not be feeding social media trolls, but observe and uphold strict professionalism at all times", the statement said.

The top officer, backed by 300 personnel, reported only to Najib, it said.

Najib has been summoned to MACC to give a statement on just one small part of a massive financial scandal.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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