MACC submits 1MDB probe papers to AG’s Chambers

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas says he has signed mutual legal assistance requests from Switzerland, United States, France and the United Arab Emirates. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has announced that investigation papers relating to 1MDB have been received this afternoon from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Admitting that it would take time to review the papers, AG Tommy Thomas said in a statement issued today that the AGC was aware of the urgency and sensitivity of the task at hand.

“To effectively discharge our duties, I have appointed a team to study the papers with a view to possibly institute criminal prosecution and another to study them with civil proceedings in mind.”

He said the teams were made up of deputy public prosecutors and senior federal counsel members, who will report directly to him.

Thomas said he also hoped to work together with other countries which also wanted to see the 1MDB matter resolved.

“I have just signed mutual legal assistance requests from Switzerland, United States, France and the United Arab Emirates and hope to commence assistance and collaboration efforts with them.”

Earlier today, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the US ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir had told him that assets seized by the US as part of its probe into 1MDB would be monetised and returned to Malaysia.

The US Department of Justice has filed civil lawsuits to seize assets it says were bought with funds misappropriated from state fund 1MDB.

US to monetise, return assets in 1MDB probe, says Guan Eng