Salleh Said: We Are Not Protecting Anyone Over DOJ Lawsuits

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is not protecting anyone or hiding information relating to the civil suits filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to seize assets allegedly bought with money siphoned from 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the Government was transparent in any investigation such as by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“We are not hiding anything. In fact, we will ensure that anyone who breaks the law will face appropriate action. This shows the Government’s transparency.

“It also sets aside the assumption that we are protecting certain parties,” he told reporters after launching, a website and platform for local and international fashion, here Tuesday.

Last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government would give its full cooperation in the civil suits filed by the DOJ a day earlier.

Najib stressed that it was a civil suit and not a criminal case, and said it was confined to the names mentioned in the DOJ documents.

Salleh said all those named in the suit and charges must clear their names and be given a chance to explain.

He urged all parties not to draw their own conclusions as the investigations had just begun.

“This is just the beginning of the investigations, it is not right that we make conclusions. We should be fair to all concerned. You cannot just listen to one side. We must wait and see what the Department (DOJ) does,” he added. – Bernam