MACC to announce another list of 1MDB civil forfeiture respondents within two weeks

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  • Thursday, 27 Jun 2019

BANTING (Bernama): A new list of individuals and entities involved in the civil forfeiture action by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be released within two weeks.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki (pic) said the list of respondents was extensive and his team needed time to undertake detailed checks concerning witnesses and the location of assets.

He also said they needed to handle other aspects such as a shortlist of names and discussions with investigators and the Attorney General's office.

"For those we can take legal action against, we will do so," he said after a basic training course as well as a management and professional course for MACC officers here Thursday (June 27).

He declined to give an estimate of the number of individuals and entities to be summoned in the next civil forfeiture application.

Azam, however, urged all those who had received funds from IMDB to return the money, adding "they themselves know they are recipients of 1MDB funds as they received them in the form of cheques, not cash".

He said legal action could be taken against them under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

On Wednesday (June 26), Azam said that more summonses would be issued following MACC's civil forfeiture suit filed on June 19 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court against 41 individuals and entities to recover 1MDB funds worth RM270mil.

Among the 41 are political parties Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah and MCA, and organisations such as Pertubuhan Kebajikan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Pekida). –Bernama

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