KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30, 2016:
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali warned media organisations to not mix investigations up when reporting on them.
He said any attempt by media organisations to conflate the donations into the Prime Minister’s account and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigations was irresponsible and prejudicial.
“The donations that were made to the Prime Minister are entirely separate to those into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“The Attorney-General’s Chambers exhaustively reviewed the report provided by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and, as has been announced, found no evidence of wrong-doing and hence have instructed for the cases to be closed,” he said in a press statement today.
Mohamed Apandi earlier in his statement,said Malaysia was ready to cooperate with any law enforcement agencies with regards to investigation into 1MDB.
According to Mohamed Apandi, he was aware of the statement issued by his counterpart in Switzerland asking for Malaysia’s help in the investigation in which they suspected a breach of the law by 1MDB.
He explained that he would go through the result of the investigation by Switzerland and would take further action according to conventional channels and legal international treaties.
“Regarding the recent public statement by the Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland, my office intends to take all possible steps to follow up and collaborate with our Swiss counterparts, and we look forward to receiving the findings of their investigations and materials through the normal channels.
”These materials will then be reviewed, alongside the findings of other relevant authorities and our own investigations, to determine the appropriate course of action,” he said in a statement today.
Earlier today, 1MDB reiterated that it had not been contacted by any foreign legal authorities on any matters pertaining to the national sovereign fund.
It was reported before that the Swiss A-G, in a media release, stated their suspicion on misappropriation of US$4 billion (RM16.5 billion) from 1MDB, transferred to Swiss bank accounts.
The office of the A-G said it was requesting Malaysia for mutual assistance as part of the criminal proceedings opened on Aug 14 last year against two former officials of 1MDB as well as persons unknown.
The investigation was said to be on suspicion of bribery of foreign public officials, misconduct in public office, money laundering and criminal mismanagement.
“The sum suspected to have been misappropriated amounts to around US$4 billion,” the release said, adding that the intended purpose was the subject of further investigation.
It added that a small portion of the money was ascertained as having been transferred to accounts held in Switzerland by various former Malaysian public officials and former and current public officials from the United Arab Emirates.