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AG: RM2.08bil Given By Saudi Royal Family As Personal Donation

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PUTRAJAYA: The Saudi royal family gave US$681mil (RM2.08bil) to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as a “personal donation”, 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 – initially thought to be RM2.6bil – was transferred into Najib’s personal account between Mar 22, 2013 and April 10, 2013.

“It (the sum) is a personal donation from the Saudi royal family which was given to him without any consideration.

“There is no evidence to show that the donation was a form of gratification given corruptly,” 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 “because the sum was not utilised”.

“Based 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,” he said, adding that the MACC had also interviewed and recorded a statement from the donor.-The Star

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