KUALA LUMPUR: Various international stakeholders related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)
probe have met to discuss the latest developments pertaining the sovereign wealth fund.
The Attorney-General Chambers (AGC), in a statement today said prosecutors, civil recovery specialists and investigators from the United States, Singapore, and Switzerland had met recently in Putrajaya.
“The participants were conscious of the importance and urgency of cross-border cooperation and collaboration in order to combat crime committed internationally and across national borders.
“We thank the delegations from the foreign parties for their further assistance in the war against transnational fraud and crime.
“All of us are confident that this meeting will be the harbinger of greater cooperation in the future,” it said.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, yesterday, was slapped with a total of 25 corruption charges involving RM2.3 billion allegedly from the 1MDB.
Najib, however, pleaded not guilty to all offences at the Sessions Court.
His first four charges were under Section 23 (1) and 24 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 while the other 21 charges were under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (AMLATFA).
In the charges under the MACC Act, Najib, 64, was accused of using his then position as prime minister, finance minister and chairman of the 1MDB advisory board, to receive bribes on four occasions.
Meanwhile the money-laundering charges include nine counts of receiving illegal proceeds, five counts of using illegal proceeds and seven counts of transferring the proceeds to other entities.
All the offences allegedly occurred at AmIslamic Bank Bhd’s Jalan Raja Chulan branch in Bukit Ceylon, here, between Feb 24, 2011 and Dec 19, 2014.
Earlier last month, Najib was charged with three counts of money laundering under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA).
He also had four other earlier charges amended with regard to the RM42 million from SRC International found in his personal account.
The three deposits, amounting to RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million, were found to have been wired into his AmIslamic Bank account between Dec 26, 2014, and Feb 10, 2015.