KUALA LUMPUR: Police investigations into the foreign exchange losses incurred by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in the 1990s are expected to take a long time.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the police will have to study the report and identify witnesses who will be called in to assist the case.
“The investigation has no time frame. If there are many witnesses, we need a long time, and if there are not many witnesses, it can be completed early,” he told reporters after the closing the Inspector-General of Police Tennis Championship and Silat Cup 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Police Training Centre, here today.
Mohamad Fuzi said the case was being investigated under Section 409 for breach of trust and the public should not make any speculation about it since investigations were continuing.
“Do not make any assumptions because it is unfair. The police will investigate it thoroughly and we know what needs to be done,” he added.
Last Friday, he was reported as saying that police had set up a special team to investigate the foreign exchange dealings losses incurred by BNM in the 1990s.
The team which is headed by Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh, was set up after the police received a report on the matter.
On Nov 30, the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the forex losses tabled a 400-page report of its recommendations in parliament, after which the RCI secretary Datuk Dr Yusof Ismail lodged a police report.
Yusof said the report would enable the police to conduct a formal investigation into the offence of breach of trust, fraud and other offences which may have been committed by parties stated in the report. — BERNAMA