(TMI) – POLICE have received investigation papers on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) with instructions from the Attorney-General (AG) on reopening the case, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said today.
Yesterday, AG Mohamed Apandi Ali said he ordered police to reopen the probe after the AG’s chambers found that that there was insufficient evidence.
Noor Rashid said the police will look into the instructions of the AG chambers attached with the investigation papers and act accordingly.
“We are also part of the investigation team and we have received the investigation papers from the AG’s chambers.
“We are looking at the instruction and we will carry out what the AG told us, but I cannot disclose what is it, it is an ongoing investigation,” he said to reporters at the Deepavali celebration at the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police headquarters today.
In Parliament earlier this week, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman said police had been ordered to reopen the 1MDB investigation.
She was responding to a question from Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, who had asked whether the AG had ordered fresh investigations into the state investor on October 24.
Police began investigating 1MDB in 2015 following a police report by then Langkawi Umno member Anina Saadudin over US$650 million (RM2.6 billion) deposited into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal account in 2013 that was not reflected in Umno’s accounts.
Subsequently, Bank Negara Malaysia, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission all conducted their own investigations into 1MDB and the donation.
However, in August 2015, after then attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail retired on medical grounds, then Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz and MACC chief Abu Kassim Mohamed and his deputy Mohd Shukri Abdul’s retirements, the 1MDB investigations all came to nought.
In January last year, new Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared Najib of any wrongdoing and said the donation was a gift from the royal family of Saudi Arabia.