Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Zamidi. Pix by Asyraf Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR: The trio detained over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) probe were only brought in to facilitate investigations, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Zamidi said.

He said the three individuals, one a former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisor, another an MACC officer and the other, a prosecutor from the Attorney-General’s (AG) Chambers, were brought in by police only to facilitate investigation into the state-owned development fund.

"This is not an arrest, but the trio were only brought in to record their statements.

"Police only acted upon this matter following several police reports made over leaked information to Sarawak Report and on reports that were circulated on social media.

"We only want to know the source of the leakage, if it was from MACC, the AG’s Chambers or Bank Negara," he told a press conference after officiating the Kepong Wanita Umno division delegates meeting here today.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the special taskforce would not hesitate to take action against the police if any information pertaining 1MDB were leaked from the department.

One of the individuals had allegedly met Sarawak Report founder Clare Rewcastle-Brown in London.