Ex-PM Najib Razak is not leaving any stone unturned in his long battle to clear his name in the 1MDB scandal.
He asked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the recipients of Tim Leissner’s 1MDB bribes.
Leissner is a former Goldman Sachs banker who is accused of assisting Jho Low in the 1MDB scandal.
Today, the MACC chief Tan Sri Azam Baki said the agency is seeking the names of those who allegedly received bribes from former Goldman Sachs banker, Tim Leissner.
Investigators are seeking the cooperation of US authorities to share the names of those who allegedly received bribes from former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner, says Mr Baki.
He confirmed that investigation papers had been opened following a report lodged by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last year.
On October 27, Najib filed a report with MACC against Leissner, requesting that he be questioned or extradited.
“We have contacted the US authorities to see if they can share evidence. But this is their prerogative and right if they want to or are willing to do so,” he said in an interview Wednesday (Feb 9).
No response from US
Azam explained that MACC’s communication with US authorities was handled through the Attorney General’s Chambers.
“The AGC has to be involved because such cooperation must be done through Mutual Legal Assistance,” he said in an interview with a local paper.
However, the US authorities have responded.
“But so far they have not revealed the names. We are trying (to get the names) and we are hopeful,” he said.
Pro-Najib supporters held a massive rally at the Putra World Trade Center two weeks ago.
Several supporters signed a petition demanding that the anti-graft agency work with them to investigate former Bank Negara Governor Zeti Aziz’s family.
Najib intends to demonstrate that he is not to blame for the 1MDB scandal and that the main culprit is Mrs Zeti, who is close to ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
According to a report published in The Star, the MACC is investigating Zeti and a former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop for ties to 1MDB. Zeti has denied involvement or ties with the biggest kleptocracy scandal in the world.