MACC: No further probe into cases involving Taib

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Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Azam Baki says there will be no further investigation into cases involving former Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Sayuti Zainudin

“The matter has been resolved and there will be no more investigations related to Taib,” he told reporters today.

Last week, Switzerland-based NGO Bruno Manser Fund called for an immediate freeze of Taib’s assets.

The NGO’s executive director, Lukas Straumann, also urged the government and judiciary to reopen investigations into the origin of Taib’s and his closest family members’ “enormous wealth”.

This came after Taib, 87, died at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur at 4.40am on Feb 21.

On a separate matter, Azam said it is up to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Azam said officers from the graft busters are still carrying out investigations into the matter.

“I will leave it to the AGC to decide (on the matter). As for the MACC, our officers are still investigating the matter as we told the court,” he said.

Azam was asked to comment if Zahid would likely have the charges against him reinstated similar to that of former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Azam was also asked on the Court of Appeal’s decision to reinstate the abuse of power charges against Muhyiddin.

“The case has been decided by the court.”

“And the AGC, the MACC deputy public prosecutor involved (in the case) and the lawyers involved will discuss with the courts on the actual date of the court proceedings.”

As for investigations into former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s son-in-law Adlan Berhan, Azam said the MACC has yet to ascertain his whereabouts.

“At the same time, we are actively coordinating with international authorities to locate him,” he said.

The MACC chief said that while it was possible to charge Adlan in absentia, this would only be done when all other options were exhausted.