Malaysia’s attorney general finds no criminal offense in transfer of $681 million to prime minister’s personal bank account. Rough Cut (no reporter narration.)
Malaysia PM cleared of criminal offense
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Malaysia’s attorney-general said on Tuesday (January 26) that $681 million transferred into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank account was a gift from the royal family in Saudi Arabia and there were no criminal offences or corruption involved.
The involvement of the Saudi royal family is an unexpected twist in a scandal over the mysterious funds transfer and the troubles of indebted state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), whose advisory board Najib chairs.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) MALAYSIAN ATTORNEY-GENERAL, MOHAMED APANDI ALI, SAYING:
“Based on the evidence from witnesses and supporting documents submitted, I am satisfied that no criminal offence has been committed in relation to the said RM 2.08 billion donation.”
Ali was speaking at a hastily convened news conference, where a statement was issued saying Najib had returned $620 million to the Saudi royal family because it had not been utilised.
He said the MACC personally met and recorded statements from witnesses including the donor who confirmed that the donation was given to the prime minister.
He added that no criminal offence was committed by Najib in relation to three investigations submitted by Malaysia’s anti-graft agency and that no further action would be taken.
Najib, who has weathered months of calls from opposition leaders and establishment figures to resign, has denied any wrongdoing and says he did not take any money for personal gain.