New CID director ‘naive’ about Australian law, says Zahid

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Source: Free Malaysia Today

The deputy prime minister says he accepts Bukit Aman CID director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd’s explanation about his funds in Australia.

zahid-1PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says Bukit Aman CID director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd may have been “naive” about Australian laws concerning remittances to fund his children’s education.

“This issue of remittance surfaced back in 2016. Wan Ahmad has already given me his explanation on the matter, and I am confident of his honesty.

“However, he might have been naive about laws surrounding the remittance, because although the money was acquired from the sale of a house, it exceeded A$10,000, which is the limit set by the Australian government,” Berita Harian quoted Zahid as saying.

Last Friday, Australian authorities reportedly froze a bank account belonging to Najmuddin containing more than A$320,000 (almost RM1 million).

The Australian federal police suspected a “flurry of suspicious cash deposits” into Najmuddin’s Commonwealth Bank “Goal Saver” bank account, which had been lying dormant since it was opened in 2011.

The unnamed depositor visited branches and automatic teller machines (ATMs) across the country, from Biloela in Queensland to Devonport in northern Tasmania and Lakemba in western Sydney, as well as the commercial centre in Melbourne.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun however cleared Najmuddin of any form of misdemeanour based on documents proving that the funds in the Australian bank account were from the sale of a house in Shah Alam.

“Najmuddin has also provided justification for the need to acquire an overseas account, for the sole purpose of funding his children’s education in Australia.

“Thus, it is baseless to assume that the source of the money was from questionable origins or that Najmuddin was involved in any form of indictable offences,” Fuzi said.

The IGP also confirmed an earlier statement from his deputy, Noor Rashid Ibrahim, that the police were made aware of the account in 2016 and an internal inquiry into the matter was conducted by the integrity and standard compliance department.

Zahid said all police officers must declare their assets every year.

“The inspector-general of police should do the same, and I will also declare mine to the prime minister,” he said.