May 16 deadline for probe on confiscated items in 1MDB case, say cops

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

KUALA LUMPUR: Top cop Mohamad Fuzi Harun says the investigation into the items related to the 1MDB case must be completed on or before May 16 as the police can only hold on to the articles until then.

“After that date, any proposal will go through certain processes, including (recommendations) from the court,” he said in a press conference in conjunction with the presentation of service excellence awards at the Bukit Aman Senior Officers Mess here, today.

Last May, the police seized a number of items and documents from an apartment believed to be owned by Najib Razak at Pavilion Residences here.

On June 27, former Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Amar Singh reportedly said the total value of the items seized in connection with the 1MDB case was between RM900 million and RM1.1 billion.

When asked about efforts to locate controversial businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, Fuzi said the police were still working with international counterparts over the matter, including from China.

“There are many who have said Jho Low is in China, but we have yet to ascertain it as discussions (with Chinese officials) are still ongoing,” he said.

On Jan 10, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government would continue its efforts to locate Jho Low, although this would not be easy.

Jho Low was identified by Malaysian and US investigators as the main person of interest behind the alleged embezzlement of billions of dollars from 1MDB.