Police back on 1MDB case because I am dissatisfied with report, says A-G

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Source: The Malaysian Insight

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Mohamed Apandi Ali says he has tasked the police to reopen investigation into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) because he is dissatisfied with their report.

Speaking to reporters in Putrajaya today, Apandi said parts of the report were not backed up with sufficient evidence.

“I cannot tell you what I have asked the police to investigate. All I can say is there were parts that lacked evidence.

“There’s at least 25% to 35% of the report that I am not satisfied with,” said the former Federal Court judge.Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister Azalina Othman said police had been ordered to reopen the 1MDB investigation, while responding to a question from Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, who had asked whether the attorney-general had ordered fresh investigations into the state investor on October 24.

Former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar on April 12 said police had submitted the investigation papers on 1MDB to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

Khalid refused to disclose the reasons for the AGC’s order to reopen the case, saying that the case was under investigation.

The A-G had in June said none of the investigations conducted in various jurisdictions, including the United States and Singapore, had revealed evidence that 1MDB funds were misappropriated.

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister Azalina Othman said police had been ordered to reopen the 1MDB investigation, while responding to a question from Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo who had asked whether the attorney-general had ordered fresh investigations into the state investor on October 24.

The A-G had in June said none of the investigations conducted in various jurisdictions, including the United States and Singapore, had revealed evidence that 1MDB funds were misappropriated.

The US US Department of Justice (DoJ) is among those that have launched probes into the troubled state investment fund. The DOJ recently said it was launching a criminal investigation into alleged embezzling and money laundering in 1MDB after calling for the suspension of its civil suit to seize assets worth US$4.5 billion (RM19 billon) that it claims were bought with money stolen from 1MDB. The DoJ also fingered Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, was being central to its investigations.

Apandi today declined to say whether Low figured in his decision to have the 1MDB police probe reopened.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” he said.