KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 — Police announced today that several officers from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and other commercial banks will be hauled up for questioning in its investigation on the leak of secret government information to Sarawak Report (SR).
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the matter in a statement this evening but did not divulge further details on the number of individuals to be summoned, as well as their identities.
The national police chief also confirmed reports earlier today that three individuals were taken in for questioning — a “Tan Sri” former adviser with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), a deputy public prosecutor with the agency and an officer from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
According to the IGP, all three individuals had their statements recorded today.
He said the trio was called in for questioning after police reports were lodged against London-based SR and its founder Clare Rewcastle-Brown who has been publishing incriminating documents on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.
Rewcastle-Brown has, however, since been accused of conspiring with several others to doctor the documents before publishing them in an elaborate bid to topple the Najib administration by using the 1MDB scandal.
The journalist has denied this, even saying it is considering pressing charges against its accusers.
Two weeks ago, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) confirmed it had ordered all Internet service providers in Malaysia to block access to SR’s website, pending a multi-agency taskforce’s investigation into 1MDB.