New 1MDB Task Force, with Gani Patail Back

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Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today the setting up of a special team to investigate the 1MDB scandal.

The task force sees the return of former Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

It also includes the new MACC chief commissioner Datuk Sri Mohd Shukri Abdull and former Special Branch Deputy Director Abdul Hamid Bador.

The team had its first meeting with the Council of Eminent Persons today.

“The task force will be responsible for coordinating investigations, detecting and retrieving assets from the misappropriation of 1MDB funds stashed or invested domestically and abroad,” a statement this afternoon from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

The team would also be seeking assistance from the US, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada and other countries.

“The government hopes that the task force would be able to restore the nation’s pride which has long been tarnished while recovering money and assets belonging to Malaysia as a result of kleptocracy involving wrongdoing and misappropriation of 1MDB funds,” said the PMO.

All four heads of the new special probe team were part of the investigations on 1MDB in 2015 before the Najib administration pulled the plug on the previous task force.

Gani was replaced on health grounds by Apandi Ali midway through the probe.

Last week, following a meeting with Gani, Dr Mahathir revealed that the latter told him he was in the midst of preparing to charge Najib when he was removed.

Other members of the previous task force were Abu Kassim, former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akthar Aziz and former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.

The prime minister has recently met with several individuals involved in exposing the scandal, including former Petrosaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo and Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

Najib has been ordered to present himself at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya tomorrow for questioning over 1MDB and its subsidiaries.