PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers is in the process of replying to a Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) request by Switzerland’s Office of Attorney-General (OAG) in regard to ongoing investigations on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
According to a report in Malaysiakini, Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali confirmed having received the second MLA from the Swiss OAG, after having claimed the AGC had not received the first application.
“We have received it (MLA) and it is in the process for us to reply,” he told reporters after being appointed adjunct professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur today.
The MLA is an agreement between two or more countries for the purpose of gathering and exchanging information in an effort to enforce public laws or criminal laws.
According to earlier news reports, the second MLA request from the Swiss OAG to Malaysia was sent on Oct 5 to assist in investigations on alleged breaches of rules in the Swiss financial sector concerning SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary.
Other countries also conducting investigations of their own in relation to 1MDB are the UK, Singapore, US, Hong Kong and Luxembourg.
Apandi was also asked to comment on former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s allegation that he wrongfully protected Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“I don’t know, I cannot comment on what he said as I did not hear it,” Apandi replied.
When informed that Mahathir made the accusation in a blog posting, Apandi said he had not read it himself and therefore would refrain from making any comment.
“So the best thing is no comment lah,” the news portal quoted him as saying.