KUALA LUMPUR — Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said today there has been no evidence from any investigation conducted by law enforcement agencies in various jurisdictions showing misappropriation of money from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“The Attorney General´s Chambers of Malaysia (AGC) takes note of the latest civil lawsuits by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ).
“This second action comes on the anniversary of the first, and appears to be a repeat of it. We would like to express frustration that yet again AGC was not informed or alerted by DoJ of this action.
“We also note that there has been no evidence from any investigation conducted by any law enforcement agencies in various jurisdictions that shows that money has been misappropriated from 1MDB; and that there have been no criminal charges against any individuals for misappropriation of funds from 1MDB, ” he said in a statement.
Mohamed Apandi said 1MDB was a Malaysian company and had been the subject of multiple investigations within Malaysia, including by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Auditor-General and bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee.
“After review, we found that no crime was committed. Presently, there is still an ongoing investigation conducted by the Royal Malaysia Police concerning 1MDB.
“We would like to express strong concerns at the insinuations that have been made against the Prime Minister of criminal wrongdoing. At no point in the civil claims is the Prime Minister named as a defendant or has been alleged to have committed any criminal wrongdoing, ” he said.
Mohamed Apandi also said that to date the AGC had yet to receive any request from DoJ to obtain any information or evidence.
“However, we would welcome such a request in line with our commitment to international cooperation and the fight against money laundering.
“As I have promised before, AGC will not hesitate to initiate proceedings against the perpetrators of criminal acts, provided there is sufficient evidence to do so. Any wrongdoing will be punished and Malaysia will always uphold the rule of law, ” he said.