Flanked by security guards, Najib entered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, moving slowly through a throng of journalists outside the building. Najib has denied wrongdoing. The team will be responsible for prosecuting individuals involved in any wrongdoing in the management of the state fund, whose full name is 1Malaysia Development Bhd. Apandi has since been put on leave by Mahathir.
As these funds were moved through Malaysian, rather than foreign, financial institutions it was easier for MACC investigators to establish the money trail.
In a press conference, the new head of the MACC Mohd Shukri Abdull said Najib was brought in for questioning on SRC International (SRC), and not so that the agency could arrest him.
These complaints alleged that more than US$4.5 billion was diverted from 1MDB and laundered through a web of shell companies and bank accounts located in the United States and elsewhere.More news: Top alpinist Nobukazu Kuriki dies in eighth attempt to conquer Everest
The money was in addition to about $700 million that USA investigators said ended in Najib's bank account. Over the weekend, while visiting his home state of Pahang, Najib reiterated his earlier claim.
Bukit Aman CCID director, Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh, said 284 boxes of luxury handbags were also confiscated from three more residential condominium units in the same area.
Harpal confirmed the change to BenarNews, but insisted he was not removed. "I am not a rogue", he said.
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Mansor says the family will cooperate, but that authorities should not "be feeding social media trolls".
Singh, the CCID chief, said he took the allegations against his officers seriously. "They only made their reports to the former prime minister", said a source.
The top officer, backed by 300 personnel, reported only to Najib, it said.
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