A Malaysian police officer pushes a trolley during a raid of three apartments in a condominum owned by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's family, in Kuala Lumpur, May 17, 2018, in this photo taken by The Straits Times.
When the task force starts tomorrow, it'll have no shortage of worldwide counterparts to work with.
The U.S Department of Justice said on Tuesday it would continue to pursue investigations into 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and looked forward to working with Malaysian law enforcement authorities, which have reopened a probe into the fund following a change of government this month.
Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing related to 1MDB since the scandal erupted in 2015, and has said $681 million of funds deposited in his personal bank account were a donation from a Saudi royal..
The ousted leader arrived at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, walking through a scrum of about 100 journalists. The government has also told the current attorney general, who cleared Razak of wrongdoing in 2016, to go on leave, and has relieved the country's treasury chief, who is also the 1MDB chairman.
MACC has been able to track the money trail from SRC more easily because transactions were made through Malaysian entities, whereas most other transfers of 1MDB funds went through foreign banks and companies.
Mohd Shukri also said he experienced huge pressure when he was investigating 1MDB as MACC deputy when Najib was prime minister, saying he "almost died".
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Also attending the meeting is Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh.
"I'm coming back to finish what I haven't finished", he said.
"It is our hope that the authorities would observe the rule of law and due process, to avoid a premature public trial", she said in a statement released through her law firm.
"The police urge the relevant parties to provide the details of the leaked photographs if any, to enable us to conduct an investigation to verify if in fact the photographs came from the police", Singh said, adding that Najib's family members and friends were present during the searches.
Najib has been summoned to MACC to give a statement on just one small part of a massive financial scandal.