PETALING JAYA: There has been no evidence from any investigation to show that money has been misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), said Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali (pix).
This follows after the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) filed a civil suit to seize more than US$1bil (RM4.02bil) in assets allegedly linked to 1MDB on Wednesday.
Mohamed Apandi said there have been no criminal charges pressed against any individuals for the “offence of misappropriation of funds from 1MDB”.
He also expressed strong concerns at the insinuations and allegations made against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on alleged criminal wrong doing in relation to the civil suit filed by the US DOJ.
“The Attorney-General intends to clarify that at no point in the civil claim filed by the US DOJ is the Prime Minister named as a defendant or have been alleged to have committed any criminal wrong doing.
“Presently, there is an ongoing investigation conducted by the Royal Malaysia Police concerning matters related to 1MDB.
“Given that the investigation is under way, it would not be appropriate to divulge details that may compromise the investigation.
“The Attorney-General must emphasise that it is crucial to preserve the integrity of the investigation as the public must not doubt the outcome of the investigation,” said Mohamed Apandi in a statement Thursday.
He added the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has yet to receive any request from the US DOJ to get any information or evidence, adding the AGC would welcome such a request.
This, he said, was in line with the AGC’ commitment in international cooperation and collaboration in its fight against money laundering and corrupt practices.
“As the Public Prosecutor, the Attorney-General will not hesitate to initiate proceedings against the perpetrators of criminal acts provided there is sufficient evidence to do so.
“Any wrongdoing must and will be punished. Malaysia will always uphold the rule of law,” he added.