PUTRAJAYA, Jan 26 ― Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali announced today he has found no evidence of wrongdoing in relation to corruption investigations on SRC International Berhad, a unit formerly owned by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the transfer of RM2.6 billion into the private accounts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He added the he will return the investigation papers to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and instruct them to close the cases.
“Based on the facts and evidence as a whole, I as the Public Prosecutor, am satisfied that no criminal offence has been committed by the Prime Minister in relation to the three investigation papers.
“I will return the relevant investigation papers to MACC today with the instruction to close the three investigation papers,” he told a news conference in his office.
In addressing questions surrounding the cash deposits into the PM’s private accounts, Apandi said a sum totalling US$681 million (RM2.08 billion) from the Saudi royal family was transferred in batches between March and April 2013.
He added that investigations showed a sum of US$620 million was returned by Najib in August that same year because “the sum was not utilised”.
“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 RM2.08 billion donation,” he said.
“There are no evidence to show that the Prime Minister had any knowledge or was informed that the monies had been transferred into his personal accounts from the account of SRC International.
“Evidence show that at all times, the Prime Minister was of the belief that all payments which were made by him were made from the donation received from the Saudi royal family which was earlier transferred to his personal accounts,” the AG added.
Apandi said investigations also showed no evidence the prime minister had used his position to approve a government guarantee of a RM4 billion loan from the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) into SRC International.
He added that there was no evidence showing Najib being solicited or promised any gratification from any party before, during or after the Cabinet decision was made, nor was there evidence on there being a conflict of interest.