Former Malaysian PM Najib questioned by anti-graft agency

Malaysia's new prime minister is considering investigating former leader Najib Razak for abuse of power over the scandal-plagued state fund 1MDB

Najib Razak, Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister, Questioned Over 1MDB

"Instead we were accused of bringing down the country, we were accused of being traitors".

In a statement today, the 1MDB's special team said the first meeting was held at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Headquarters (MACC) here today with former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, former MACC chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, current MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador.

On Monday, the government announced that a new task force consisting some people involved in a previous probe into 1MDB will lead the renewed investigation.

A government official has said Najib could possibly be detained after giving his statement to Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission.

His press conference came shortly after Najib Razak, the former prime minister who ran the country during the 1MDB scandal, entered the MACC to give a statement.

Since losing power, Najib and his allegedly shopaholic wife, Rosmah Mansor, have suffered a series of humiliations, starting with a ban on them leaving the country, and then police searching their home and other properties.

In 2015 the anti-corruption agency began a probe on SRC International following allegations it had transferred millions of ringgit into Najib's private accounts.

A construction worker talks on the phone in front of a 1Malaysia Development Berhad billboard at the Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur
Former Malaysian PM Najib questioned by anti-graft agency | News & Observer

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing related to 1MDB since the scandal erupted in 2015, but he replaced an attorney-general and several MACC officers to shut down an investigation.

The money was in addition to about $700 million that USA investigators said ended in Najib's bank account.

Ownership of SRC had been transferred to Malaysia's finance ministry by February 2012, lowering 1MDB's gearing ratio to 9.5 times, from 12 times, and removing the state guarantee for 1MDB, according to the report.

The U.S Department of Justice said on Tuesday it would continue to pursue investigations into 1MDB and looked forward to working with Malaysian law enforcement authorities.

She is reportedly to have spent $400,000 on anti-ageing products imported from the United States, including 1590 bottles of growth hormone capsules. Justo posted a photograph of himself with Mahathir on his Facebook account.

Najib started 1MDB in 2009, but the fund accumulated billions in debts and is being investigated overseas.

"Charge, investigate, prudently", Nurul said on Twitter.

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