Malaysian PM Najib not among accused for 1MDB corruption
Feb 3, Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak is not among those accused for the alleged corruption involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad sovereign fund according to reports.
The Reuters news agency in its report on Tuesday stated that Andre Marty, spokesman for the Office of Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, said in an emailed response to a Reuters query, "In the ongoing criminal proceeding of the OAG (Office of Attorney General), Mr. Najib Razak is not one of the public officials under accusation."
This report comes after the announcement made by the Swiss Attorney General's office last Friday, that it had identified four cases of alleged criminal misconduct in the suspected misappropriation of about $4 billion from Malaysian state companies.
The Office of Swiss Attorney General in August 2015, had opened a criminal proceedings related to 1MDB, whose advisory board is chaired by Najib. Late last week, the Swiss office had issued a statement in which it said it had formally asked the Attorney General of Malaysia for assistance in Switzerland's investigation.According to the statement, the investigation related to possible bribery of foreign public officials, misconduct in public office, money laundering and criminal mismanagement and that the criminal investigation involved two unnamed "former officials" of 1MDB and "persons unknown."
The statement had been issued just a week after Najib was cleared for the $681 million deposited in his personal bank account. According to reports, Malaysia's attorney general had cleared PM Najib of any criminal offenses or corruption, as the money was a gift from the Saudi Arabian Royal family. The Prime Minister had denied wrongdoing, and had said that the funds were a political donation and he has not used the money for personal gain.
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