MACC probe on ‘Buku 555’ recipients almost done

PUTRAJAYA: Investigations into those listed in a ledger kept by Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) will be completed soon, with almost all of the individuals named having been called, says the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said once the investigation paper is ready, it will be submitted to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

“We have called almost everyone who was named in the ledger and I believe that my investigators will complete the investigation paper soon,” he said after the first MACC law enforcement accredited programme convocation here yesterday.

Azam, however, did not indicate when his investigators will wrap up the case, adding that the AGC will decide on the next course of action after reviewing the investigation paper.

The names of several politicians were mentioned in Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s corruption trial on the Foreign Visa System (VLN).

The politicians have since denied receiving money from UKSB.

The UKSB ledger, also known as “Buku 555”, was tendered as evidence at Ahmad Zahid’s graft trial. It contains records of payments allegedly made by the company to several individuals between 2014 and 2018.

Ahmad Zahid is facing 33 charges of receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56mil (about RM42mil at current rates) from UKSB for himself as the then home minister, between October 2014 and March 2018.

Azam also said the MACC is awaiting further instruction from the AGC after its investigation paper on Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali was returned to the commission.

He said the investigation paper was submitted to the AGC on May 18 and was later returned for some action to be taken, but he did not elaborate.

“The investigation paper for this case is with us. We are waiting for further instructions,” added Azam.Mohd Nazlan was the then High Court judge who convicted former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the misappropriation of RM42mil of SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds.

The MACC probe on Mohd Nazlan came following claims by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin that there were funds transferred to the judge’s account during his time as the group general counsel and company secretary of Maybank.

On Aug 21, Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun, when asked to confirm the authenticity of a purported leaked document that appeared to reveal details of MACC’s investigation into Mohd Nazlan, had said the investigation paper was not with his chambers.

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