UMNO youth wing lodges police report against ex-officials involved in 1MDB probe

UMNO youth wing lodges police report against ex-officials involved in 1MDB probe

The wing is accusing ex-central bank governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and MACC head Abu Kassim Mohamed of providing confidential information to foreign agencies such as the FBI, according to a report.

KUALA LUMPUR: The youth wing of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's party on Tuesday (Jul 26) lodged a police report against key figures who were involved in investigations into troubled state investment fund 1MDB.

Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia, UMNO Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun confirmed he had filed a police report against the former governor of Malaysia's central Bank Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Attorney-General of Malaysia Abdul Gani Patail and the outgoing head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Earlier, news portal Malaysiakini reported that Khairul had accused the three of providing confidential information to foreign agencies, including the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), without authorisation.

“I am urging the police to expedite investigations into the report that I lodged today,” he was quoted as saying, reportedly insisting that the three individuals named were conspiring to topple Najib and the democratically-elected Malaysian government.

The police report comes in the wake of the United States' Department of Justice filing civil suits to seize assets worth more than US$1 billion, believed to have been siphoned off from 1MDB through corrupt officials.

The filings directly implicated five people including PM Najib's stepson, filmmaker Riza Aziz and businessman Jho Low. The documents also named a "Malaysian Official 1", a high-ranking government official related to Riza.

According to the suit, this official had also received US$681 million in his bank accounts, which had been investigated by Malaysia's Attorney-General at the time.

The filings listed a "Malaysian Official 1", a high-ranking government official related to Najib's stepson, filmmaker Riza Aziz. According to the documents, this official had also received US$681 million in his bank accounts which had been investigated by Malaysia's Attorney General.

Zeti, Abdul Gani and Abu Kassim were all part of a special taskforce formed last year to investigate allegations funds were misappropriated from 1MDB. Abdul Gani was dismissed from his post in July 2015.

In January 2016, his successor, Apandi Ali, cleared Finance Minister and then-chairman of 1MDB's advisory board, Mr Najib, of any wrongdoing. He did however confirm that Mr Najib had received $681 million in his bank accounts, but described the money as political donations from the Saudi royal family.

Earlier this year, Malaysia's bipartisan Public Accounts Committee recommended criminal investigations be opened into former 1MDB CEO Shahrol Halmi. In the wake of the DoJ allegations, Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed they were acting on the PAC's recommendations but urged the public not to rush them.

Source: CNA/hs

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