Cops raid MACC office, seize documents, prosecutor’s laptop

Officers from the special task force remove what looked like a CPU and a box from the 1MDB office at Menara IMC in Kuala Lumpur, July 8, 2015. Police tonight seized a laptop and documents of a deputy public prosecutor involved in a 1MDB-linked corruption probe. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Officers from the special task force remove what looked like a CPU and a box from the 1MDB office at Menara IMC in Kuala Lumpur, July 8, 2015. Police tonight seized a laptop and documents of a deputy public prosecutor involved in a 1MDB-linked corruption probe. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 — The police tonight seized the laptop and documents of a deputy public prosecutor (DPP) involved in a corruption probe on a former subsidiary of state-owned firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a source said.

According to a source in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the police first searched DPP Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi’s house at 7pm.

They then moved their raid at 8pm to Ahmad Sazilee’s room at the MACC’s Special Operations Division office, the source told Malay Mail Online.

The source said the police only searched Ahmad Sazilee’s office and seized the laptop and documents after the two-hour raid.

Around 12 police personnel were involved in the raid, the source said, also confirming that the police had said Ahmad Sazilee is due for release from detention by midnight.

Ahmad Sazilee is an Attorney-General’s Chambers officer that was seconded to the MACC to provide legal advice on a probe related to former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Malay Mail Online understands that the Special Operations Division is in charge of investigations on 1MDB and SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Earlier today, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed that three individuals were taken in for questioning — Ahmad Sazilee, MACC’s former advisory board member Tan Sri Rashpal Singh and the Attorney-General’s Chambers finance and anti-money laundering secretariat member Jessica Gurmeet Kaur.

He said the trio was called in for questioning after police reports were lodged against London-based Sarawak Report and its founder Clare Rewcastle-Brown, who has been publishing incriminating documents on the 1MDB controversy.

Khalid said all three had their statements recorded today to aid in the probe on Sarawak Report’s allegedly defamatory report and the leakage of official government information that was allegedly misused.

He also said that several officers from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and other commercial banks will be hauled up for questioning, but did not divulge further details.

Rewcastle-Brown has 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 she is considering pressing charges against her 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. 

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