Malaysian President Najib’s acquittal to be reviewed

Malaysia's anti-corruption agency asks for review of decision that cleared Najib Razak

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak leaving parliament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 26, 2016.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s acquittal will be reviewed by the country's attorney-general, Malaysia’s anti-graft body said on Wednesday.

Najib was accused of corruption and criminal offences and has faced intense pressure to resign as critics claimed the money he received to his personal bank accounts came from the state owned investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) which was set up by Najib in 2009.

Malaysian authorities announced on Tuesday that the investigation cleared Najib Razak of corruption charges and any other criminal wrongdoing as an anti-corruption commission found that $681 million transferred to his private bank account was a gift from the Saudi royal family.

1MDB denied any wrongdoing.

Malaysia’s Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali said "I am satisfied that there is no evidence to show that the donation was a form of gratification given corruptly."

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it would submit Apandi's decision to an Operations Review Panel.

The panel’s duty is to review cases where the public prosecutor has not pursued charges.

The panel said in a statement that it would also seek a review of another decision by Apandi, which was the dismissing of a case against SRC International, a former 1MDB subsidiary that was investigated for alleged misappropriation of funds.

Apandi was not immediately available for comment.

The MACC also said that it had sent two reports to the attorney-general’s office last month about its investigations into the transfer of money into Najib’s bank accounts and the affairs of 1MDB.

TRTWorld and agencies