Malaysia expresses frustration over 'repeat' of 1MDB suit by US DoJ

PETALING JAYA (The Star/ANN) - Malaysia's Attorney General says he was not informed of latest US Department of Justice lawsuit against 1MDB fund. 

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has expressed its frustration over not being informed by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) of their latest civil lawsuits against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that appears to be a "repeat" of last year's suit.

The AGC reaffirmed that there is no evidence of misappropriation of 1MDB funds, nor has there been any criminal charges against any individual over the matter.

"1MDB is a Malaysian company and has been the subject of multiple investigations within Malaysia, including by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Auditor General and the bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee," said Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali in a statement on Friday.

"After review, we found that that no crime was committed," he said.
Apandi said there is currently an "ongoing investigation" being conducted by the police concerning 1MDB.

"We would like to express strong concerns at the insinuations that have been made against the Prime Minister (Najib Tun Razak) of criminal wrongdoing," said Apandi.

"At no point in the civil claims is the Prime Minister named as a defendant or has been alleged to have committed any criminal wrongdoing," he said.

The AGC said that to date, they have yet to receive any request from DoJ to obtain any information or evidence regarding the case.

"However, we would welcome such a request in line with our commitment to international cooperation and the fight against money laundering," he said.

"As I have promised before, AGC will not hesitate to initiate proceedings against the perpetrators of criminal acts provided there is sufficient evidence to do so.

"Any wrongdoing will be punished and Malaysia will always uphold the rule of law," said Apandi.

The DoJ on Thursday moved to seize another US$540 million (RM2.3 billion) of assets allegedly belonging to 1MDB.

This time last year, US prosecutors filed civil asset-forfeiture suits against more than US$1 billion (RM4.27 billion) worth of artworks, real estate and other assets owned by several individuals.


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