US DOJ says pursuing investigations related to Malaysia's 1MDB

Najib Razak, Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister, Questioned Over 1MDB

Former Malaysian PM Najib questioned by anti-graft agency | News & Observer

As reports proliferated in recent years that billions were looted from 1MDB, Najib's government shut down domestic inquiries into the scandal, arrested critics calling for a full investigations and muzzled news organisations reporting on the affair.

"If he fails to turn up to give his statement, he can be charged under the MACC Act 2009", he told Bernama when contacted here yesterday without elaborating further. Wearing an open-neck shirt, Najib looked relaxed and smiled once he entered the building's atrium.

In 2015, a separate investigation into the 1MDB scandal ended after Najib terminated then-Attorney General Gani Patail who apparently was preparing a charge sheet to prosecute the prime minister.

Mohd Shukri also said that MACC investigators met with the Saudi prince whom Najib claimed donated RM2.6 billion into his personal bank account.

Najib Razak, Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister, Questioned Over 1MDB

A special task force is being formed to investigate the financial scandal of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced in a statement today.

The task force would also be responsible for obtaining cooperation from various enforcement agencies in the United States, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada and other relevant countries.

On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice said it would continue to pursue investigations related to 1MDB, adding that it was looking forward to working with Malaysian authorities on the matter.

On Sunday, he was escorted by police as he traveled back to his hometown of Pekan in central Pahang state.

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He said the chorus of allegations was a smear campaign aimed at ruining Umno, the party that until now has led every government since Malaysia's independence six decades ago.

On May 18, police seized 284 boxes filled with designer handbags, watches, jewellery and cash in various currencies from three condominiums at Pavilion Residences in Kuala Lumpur.

"It is our hope that the authorities would observe the rule of law and due process, to avoid a premature public trial", read the statement, according to multiple news outlets.

Speaking to staff at the prime minister's office on Monday, Mahathir counted the cost of his predecessor's alleged misgovernance.

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"We find that the country's finances, for example, was abused in a way that now we are facing trouble settling debts that have risen to a trillion ringgit", he said. Justo posted a photograph of himself with Mahathir on his Facebook account. He was freed in an amnesty in 2016.

The initial focus of the MACC's new probe is on how RM42 million (US$10.6 million) went from SRC International to Najib's account.

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