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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24, 2015:

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan has never set foot in the United States embassy here to push for investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the New Straits Times reported.

“The FBI confirmed that it never had contact with Khairuddin,” the English daily reported today.

This, the report also noted, questions the statement that the former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chairman’s handler, Matthias Chang, had made to the New York Times where the latter latter claimed an appointment with the Federal Bureau of Investigation was secured with the help of the US embassy.

Khairuddin was arrested on Sept 18 under Section 124c of the Penal code, which relates to activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

Later it was reported that the police would be investigating him in connection with his reports and submission of documents on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to government agencies of other countries.

The initial arrest occurred after Khairuddin had posted on his Facebook claiming that he had been blacklisted from travelling overseas.

Yesterday, he was re-arrested under the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

Khairuddin — a vocal critic of sovereign fund 1MDB — was sacked from Umno in February on the grounds he was a bankrupt.

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