Pua: Swiss request is Najib’s darkest nightmare

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PETALING JAYA: The DAP has urged Malaysian investigation agencies to double their efforts in the wake of a Swiss request for cooperation into possible embezzlement of up to US4 billion from 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

The MP for Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua, said the Swiss Attorney-General’s announcement on Friday evening would have amounted to the “darkest nightmare” for prime minister Najib Razak, who is chairman of the 1MDB board of advisers.

The Swiss AG, Michael Lauber, said the request to Malaysia for mutual legal assistance was being made regarding possible violations of Swiss laws on bribery of foreign officials, misconduct in public office, money laundering and criminal mismanagement at 1MDB.

Pua, who is the DAP’s national publicity secretary, said in a statement today: “We now call upon (Attorney-General) Apandi Ali to fulfil Malaysia’s obligations under the international mutual legal assistance treaties to cooperate fully with foreign investigating agencies and providing all necessary information on the bribery and corruption scandal.

Such cooperation would help remove the perception that Apandi was biased in favour of Najib, he said. Last week Apandi said he found no criminal wrongdoing involving a RM2.6 billion deposit into Najib’s personal accounts in 2013, which has been described as a political donation from the Saudi royal family.

Pua said Najib was wrong to proclaim closure of the 1MDB and SRC International scandals “because it is only the beginning of investigations at a global scale”.

He said the Swiss request had turned the tables on Apandi for denying a request by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to approach foreign regulators to complete their investigations.

The Swiss Attorney-General’s office said criminal proceedings had been opened last August against two former 1MDB officials as well as “persons unknown”. – FMT

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