1MDB taskforce members mum on criminal charges

Former MACC chief commissioner, Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya May 23, 2018. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Former MACC chief commissioner, Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya May 23, 2018. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

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PUTRAJAYA, May 23 — The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) special taskforce declined to disclose today if it has sufficient evidence to draw up charges against those it is investigating for money laundering, including former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The members held their second meeting at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here this afternoon.

“No, no, I will leave it to the taskforce to decide, the taskforce will do it,” committee co-chair Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed told reporters when doorstopped as he was exiting the building.

The 1MDB special taskforce was appointed on Monday by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to spearhead efforts in the repatriation of funds and assets overseas rooting from 1MDB’s mismanagement and alleged laundering.

Abu Kassim, the MACC’s first chief commissioner, later denied that the taskforce met with former Petrolsaudi executive Xavier Andre Justo during today’s meeting, following reports that the Swiss national was spotted at MACC headquarters this morning.

“No, not today. We met and was briefed by Justo yesterday,” he said.

Malay Mail understands that Justo was there today to brief current MACC chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull on his knowledge surrounding the 1MDB case.

Abu Kassim left in a black Proton Perdana at about 4.30pm, some 90 minutes after the meeting today was scheduled to start.

Right behind him was former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail in an SUV, followed by Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigations Department director Commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh in a silver Honda CRV.

Bukit Aman Special Branch director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador was not seen entering or leaving the building but is understood to have been present at the meeting.

Najib is expected to return to MACC headquarters here tomorrow morning for the continued recording of his statements into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

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