Monday, March 9, 2015

PKR: Enough evidence to charge PM and tycoon

12:50PM Mar 9, 2015

PKR believes there is enough incriminating evidence on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to charge its former chief executive officer Shahrol Halmi, businessman Jho Low and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"Low and Shahrol have been proven to have breached the Anti-Money Laundering Act when they transferred money, without stating the receiver, as contained in the email exposed bySarawak Report," PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said in a statement today.

The Pandan MP added it was even more outrageous that in the email, Low stated the approval of Bank Negara was not needed for the loan to be sanctioned as Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had already signed it off.

"What is more shocking is that in a communication with PetroSaudi, Low dared to state the money transfer from PetroSaudi  International Ltd to 1MDB did not need the approval of Bank Negara, which is a clear violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act," Rafizi added.

Last Saturday, Sarawak Report revealed that Low had used Najib's name to circumvent the Bank Negara approval needed on a US$1 billion loan (RM3.687 billion) to 1MDB.

Rafizi also called on the authorities to investigate Low and Shahrol for going against the Anti-Money Laundering Act as well as for criminal breach of trust.

The PKR lawmaker also said he would be lodge a police report against Najib, who was finance minister when the incident occurred in 2010, as well as against Low and Shahrol.

Low (right) was believed to have told PetroSaudi director Patrick Mahony, via the BlackBerry Messenger in 2010, that approval for the loan to 1MDB from Bank Negara was not needed as the "PM who is also the FM" had signed it off.
~ Malaysiakini

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