1MDB whistleblower submits evidence to Swiss prosecutor

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan says he handed over the documents to Swiss authorities to conduct a ‘comprehensive’ investigation on 1MDB involving international agencies. ― File pic
Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan says he handed over the documents to Swiss authorities to conduct a ‘comprehensive’ investigation on 1MDB involving international agencies. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 ― Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, who was the first Umno man to lodge a police report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), has submitted documents and evidence on the debt-laden state investment fund to the Swiss Attorney General’s Chambers in Bern, Switzerland.

Khairuddin, who was sacked as a Penang Umno division leader, claimed he handed over the documents to the authorities there on Tuesday to conduct a “comprehensive” investigation on 1MDB involving international agencies.

“I have submitted (the documents) to the authorities and the ‘swiss financial regulator finma’ (sic) so that a comprehensive investigation can be done on all the financial misdoings of the 1MDB scandal, which involves the Swiss bank as well as other international banks,” Khairuddin said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Khairuddin said no action has been taken despite lodging reports to local agencies like the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Bank Negara, pointing out that the MACC was investigated instead by the police.

“I am disappointed with the enforcement and monetary agencies in this country which don’t seem to be investigating this case professionally and transparently,” he said, adding that he has also lodged an official complaint with the US Embassy here on the alleged involvement of businessman Low Taek Jho in the 1MDB imbroglio.

Earlier today, international newswire Reuters reported that Swiss financial regulator FINMA is checking with some of the country's banks on whether they had carried out business with 1MDB.

US daily the Wall Street Journal reported last month that almost US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) was moved through various companies linked to 1MDB and transferred to Swiss-based Falcon Private Bank in Singapore that finally transferred it to Najib’s personal bank accounts in Malaysia.

The MACC has said the money did not come from 1MDB, but was a contribution from Middle East donors that it did not identify.  

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