KUALA LUMPUR — Oct. 24, 2018: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his ex-head of the Treasury Tan Sri Irwan Siregar Abdullah will be charged tomorrow in connection with the misuse of government funds, the anti-graft agency said, the latest charges in a widening crackdown on corruption.
Najib and former secretary-general Irwan were questioned by anti-graft investigators today to help conclude the probe, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement.
“Both of them will be charged together in connection with an investigation into several cases of criminal breach of trust involving Malaysian government funds,” it said.
The charges are linked to a multi-billion dollar scandal at 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund founded by Najib in 2009, an MACC source told Reuters.
Najib is already facing 32 money laundering, graft and breach of trust charges over more than RM2.3 billion
in transactions linked to 1MDB.
U.S. authorities allege that $4.5 billion was siphoned from the fund and that about $700 million was diverted into Najib’s personal bank accounts. Najib has pleaded not guilty and his trial is due to begin
Separately, the MACC said similar charges would be brought against Malaysia’s former foreign intelligence agency chief, Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid, also tomorrow.
Hasanah and seven other agents of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) were detained in August in connection with the alleged misappropriation of government funds.
Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and his former deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, have also been charged with corruption and money laundering. They have pleaded not guilty.
Later this afternoon MACC searched Irwan Siregar’s house at Precinct 8 here. He was taken there by five officers about 4.30 pm. The search lasted 15 minutes before Irwan was taken back to the MACC headquarters.
The officers were seen taking away a briefcase and two pairs of coats.
There was a slight commotion when journalists who were outside the house were confronted by Irwan’s family members who asked them to delete photographs taken of the search.