MACC submits 1MDB report, AG greenlights MLA requests

  • Jun 12, 2018
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Malaysia has okayed requests for Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) from several countries on the 1MDB affair, announced the attorney-general today.

In a statement, newly minted AG Tommy Thomas (above) said this was done after his office received investigation papers on the scandal from the MACC this afternoon.

"We will require time to review the papers but we appreciate the urgency and sensitivity of our tasks.

"In order to effectively discharge our duties, I have appointed a team to study the papers with a view to possibly instituting criminal prosecution and another to study them with civil proceedings in mind," said Thomas.

The latest development comes after a 1MDB taskforce was set up by the new Pakatan Harapan government with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) representatives.

According to the task force, discussions have revolved around the "direction and focus" of the 1MDB investigation, mutual legal assistance (MLA) and the recovering of 1MDB assets in the US.

Attempts by foreign countries probing the 1MDB-related offences on their home ground had hit a brick wall as their requests for cooperation were denied by the government under the previous BN administration.

In 2016, Switzerland's Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) confirmed that Malaysia had refused to cooperate in 1MDB-related criminal proceedings in Switzerland, despite two MLA requests sent.

Former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali had confirmed receiving Switzerland's second MLA request from the OAG.

The Swiss OAG's MLA request to Malaysia was to seek assistance on its probe into breaches of rules in the Swiss financial sector involving SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

Apart from the Swiss, 1MDB is also the subject of investigations in the UK, the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Luxembourg.

Apandi had previously cleared former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, whose brainchild is 1MDB, of any wrongdoing with regard to alleged embezzlement from the state fund.