Najib Questioned Over 1MDB as Task Force Seeks to Recover Assets

Najib Questioned Over 1MDB as Task Force Seeks to Recover Assets

Less than two weeks after from being voted out of office after nearly three decades in power, Najib was ordered to explain a suspicious transfer of 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million, €9 million) into his bank account.

Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of recently ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak, is believed to have spent close to $8 million Australian dollars between 2008 and 2015.

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia-Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak presented himself for questioning at Malaysia's anticorruption agency Tuesday for the first time since he lost national elections on May 9.

The shock election result upended Malaysia's political order, as it was the first defeat for a coalition that had governed the Southeast Asian nation since its independence from colonial rule in 1957. Mohd Shukri Abdull told reporters that Najib had been summoned to give a statement on the SRC transfers and there was not an intention to detain or charge him at this point.

Several current and former senior government officials will lead the task force, including Abdul Gani Patail, the former attorney-general who was removed from his post in 2015 as he was leading investigations into 1MDB. "Instead we were accused of bringing down the country, we were accused of being traitors", tearing up during his remarks.

Shukri's testimony at the press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday morning confirmed multiple reports that efforts to find out the truth about the 1MDB scandal were scuppered by the figures in the government.

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Now answering to a different prime minister, the MACC has reopened its investigation, initially focusing on how 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million) went from SRC International to Najib's account.

"The government hopes the setting up of this task force, comprising a multi-agency enforcement unit, will help restore the dignity of Malaysia that has been tainted by the 1MDB kleptocracy scandal", said Mahathir's office.

The money was in addition to about $700 million that US investigators said ended in Najib's bank account.

She is reportedly to have spent $400,000 on anti-ageing products imported from the United States, including 1590 bottles of growth hormone capsules.

The fund was started by Najib when he took power in 2009, but it accumulated billions in debts and is being investigated in the US and several other countries.

Rosmah said the family will cooperate in the investigation into the 1MDB state investment fund, but that authorities should not "be feeding social media trolls".

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