You may be asking why hasn’t the former Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Razak been incarcerated after four months since ousted from federal power, an exclusive report by NST today (Sept 9) has the answer to it.
Quoting to a source, the officer told the English daily that the investigation into scandal-ridden 1MDB wasn’t a “Hollywood movie” as the authorities needed to build an airtight case against Najib and provide comprehensive evidence to trace all of Najib’s misappropriation monies back to 1MDB and the accused. The investigation was carried out by multiple agencies such as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the federal police’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department and they have to work alongside international authorities such as the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and those from Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Middle East and Singapore.
“This includes illicit transactions carried out between 2011 and 2014.
“This is not a Hollywood movie. It is a complex probe and the investigators are determined to build a strong case and cover all areas.
“If one were to look at the trail as reflected in the US’ Department of Justice report, or the documents that were made public, it is easy to understand the magnitude and complexity of this case and why you can’t expect the 1MDB probe to be completed without these due processes,” one of the sources told NST.
Another source stressed the importance of finding all the evidence that could trail the monies laundered from 1MDB so that it could prove the allegations against Najib was true whereby the latter had pocketed a colossal sum of monies into his personal account from 2011 to 2014.
“Prosecution cannot be carried out against a crime that took place abroad, but investigators can follow the trail and secure evidence right up to the point the crime is committed here,” said the source.
He elaborated that the evidence provided by local banks involved in the embezzlement wasn’t strong enough. The anti-graft body MACC approached the case with a focus on money laundering while the police looked at the criminal breach of trust.
It’s reported that all the investigation would be wrapped up by the end of the year. The remaining 40% of the probe involved information and evidence from no fewer than five countries.