Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Najib arrives at MACC HQ for questioning on SRC probe

Najib arrives at MACC HQ for questioning on SRC probe

But new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said investigations showed the wrongdoing at 1MDB were more serious than expected. Former Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and former anti-graft agency chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed are leading the team along with the police's former special branch deputy director Abdul Hamid Bador and MACC's Mohd Shukri.

Flanked by security guards, Najib entered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, moving slowly through a throng of journalists outside the building.

Huge sums of money from the fund are believed to have been funnelled round the world in a complex web of transactions, and the task force's remit will include reaching out to law enforcement agencies in other countries, including the US, Switzerland, Singapore and Canada, according to Mahathir's office. Recounting events back then, Shukri gave the most revealing account so far of the cover-up.

Television and press reports of police carting away the former first family's personal belongings raised objections from Najib's wife.

"As former victims of early dawn police raids, I must stress my disagreement in ransacking any home at such an ungodly hour", said ruling coalition politician Nurul Izzah, the daughter of Anwar Ibrahim- a reformist who was recently released from jail on Wednesday and given full pardon.

Najib and his wife have been barred from leaving the country after the new government reopened an investigation into the case.

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Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing since the 1MDB scandal erupted in 2015, but he replaced an attorney-general and several MACC officers to shut down an initial investigation.

The initial focus of the MACC's new probe is on how 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million) went from SRC International to Najib's account. "Instead we were accused of bringing down the country, we were accused of being traitors".

SRC International was a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) before it was placed under the Finance Ministry in 2012.

Authorities in Malaysia are wasting no time in probing tainted wealth fund 1MDB.

The DoJ filed forfeiture complaints in 2016 and 2017 seeking to recover over $1.7 billion in assets traceable to funds allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB. US investigators say Najib's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which landed in Najib's bank account.

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