1MDB probe: IGP says police still recording statements

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KUALA LUMPUR: Khalid Abu Bakar has urged the public not to apply pressure on the police regarding its probe on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as the force has to pore over various documents.

The Inspector-General of Police said this process of recording statements and going through the documents requires time.

“Everyone wants us to do a good job, and we have to do a good job.

“We require time to record the statement of one witness, and this cannot be completed in just a day or two,” he said at a press conference in Pulapol here today.

“Some take up to two weeks for us to record their statement and to go through the documents.”

He said under the first phase, police had called 25 individuals to have their statements recorded and this was nearing completion.

“Under the second phase, we will send our officers overseas to record statements and to obtain documents.

“We will go overseas anytime now. We just have some matters to resolve. We will begin the second phase soon.”

Meanwhile, Khalid was hesitant to elaborate on the report by the United States of America’s Department of Justice (DoJ) with regards to 1MDB.

“I do not wish to comment on that because it is a civil procedure.

“That is a step taken by the US; I don’t wish to comment,” he said, adding that police were not informed of the DoJ’s action.

In a related development, Khalid assured that efforts will be made to locate Prime Minister Najib Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz and businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low.

“That is our job. We know what we need to do when it is complete. We will present the investigation papers to the attorney-general.”

Yesterday, the US DoJ filed a civil suit to seize 1MDB-related assets worth USD1 billion (RM4 billion).

The suit filed in Los Angeles, California, was to seize assets “involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money misappropriated from 1MDB”.

In a statement today, the prime minister’s press secretary, Tengku Sariffudin Tengku Ahmad, said the Malaysian Government will give its full cooperation to any investigations involving 1MDB.