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Probe Team Has Full Authority To Investigate 1MDB, Says Muhyiddin

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KUALA LUMPUR- Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says he will leave it to the special taskforce and committee investigating the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue to coordinate their probe into the beleaguered state fund.

He said this included formulating the appropriate measures in the event former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is arrested and prosecuted.

“The matter (of Najib’s arrest and prosecution) is still not certain. I will leave the matter entirely to the committee and team that has been appointed (to probe 1MDB).

“They have been granted full authority to decide on the appropriate steps to be taken under the law in relation to the probe into the scandal involving 1MDB, SRC (International Sdn Bhd) and others,” he said during a press conference at Bukit Aman here today.

On May 17, former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman was appointed as chairman of the 1MDB investigation committee.

The committee also includes PwC Risk Assurance Services partner Nik Shahrizal Sulaiman, Naqiz Partners senior partner Syed Naqiz Shahabuddin Syed Abdul Jabbar, Financial Services Authority Indonesia senior adviser Faris Rabidin and Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism director and founder Cynthia Gabriel.

On May 21, a special taskforce investigating 1MDB was set up and comprises former attorney-general Tan Sri Gani Patail, former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, current MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador.

The special task force will be responsible for all aspects of the investigation, from financial tracking and asset acquisition which resulted from the mismanagement of 1MDB funds that are kept or invested in the country or abroad.- New Straits Times

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