Report: 1,000 in Money-Laundering Probe

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Malaysia’s clean-up act has deepened with 1,000 names being investigated for money laundering.

The parties being investigated include embattled former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and the wider Razak clan.

The list also includes a number of Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians suspected to have been paid with the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) monies found in Najib’s bank accounts, top civil servants, businessmen and lawyers, a news portal reported today.

“It is a long, long list. The usual suspects and a host of family members, relatives, politicians, top civil servants, etc…almost 1,000 names,” The Malaysian Insight quoted a lawyer familiar with the probe as saying.

It said police have written to all financial institutions in the country to get information under Section 48 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Under this section, the public prosecutor can authorise investigators to obtain information on banking records, shares, expense accounts, inspect the contents of any safe deposit box and request any other kind of information.