Najib leaves MACC headquarters after six hours of questioning

Reporters stake out the entrance of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya October 16, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
Reporters stake out the entrance of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya October 16, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 16 — Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was believed to have been questioned for over six hours at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today, after he was called in again by the commission for probe related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

According to a MACC source, Najib arrived at the headquarters here at about 10am and left around 4.30pm.

However, media personnel who had waited since 9am, failed to record Najib’s appearance after being informed by a MACC source that he had entered and left via the back door.

Over 20 media representatives had gathered at the MACC main gate area, which was the usual entry and exit points.

Najib had been called in several times to have his statements recorded to complete the MACC investigation.

On October 3, Najib was questioned for nearly three hours at the Anti-Money Laundering Unit (AMLA), at Menara KPJ, Jalan Tun Razak.

Earlier the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department reported that Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor would be called in again as the authorities required additional information from the couple to assist in investigations.

Prior to this Najib had been charged in court on 32 counts.

On July 4, he pleaded not guilty in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and one charge of abuse of power involving RM42 million belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Subsequently on August 8, the former prime minister was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court with three counts of receiving RM42 million from unlawful activities linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd funds, into two of his accounts, four years ago.

On September 20, Najib was once again charged with 21 counts under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLATFA) 2001 and four charges under Section 23 (1) of the MACC Act. — Bernama