PUTRAJAYA: The Saudi royal family gave US$681mil (RM2.08bil) to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as a â€œpersonal donationâ€, the Attorney-General Chambers revealed.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali (pic) said that based on investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the RM2.08bil sum â€“ initially thought to be RM2.6bil â€“ was transferred into Najibâ€™s personal account between Mar 22, 2013 and April 10, 2013.
â€œIt (the sum) is a personal donation from the Saudi royal family which was given to him without any consideration.
â€œThere is no evidence to show that the donation was a form of gratification given corruptly,â€ said Apandi, at a press conference here Tuesday.
The AG added that US$620mil from the total sum was returned by Najib to the Saudi royal family in August 2013 â€œbecause the sum was not utilisedâ€.
â€œBased on the evidence from witnesses and supporting documents submitted, I am satisfied that no criminal offence has been committed in relation to the said RM2.08bil donation,â€ he said, adding that the MACC had also interviewed and recorded a statement from the donor.-The Star