PETALING JAYA: The Swiss Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has denied ever receiving any request from their Malaysian counterparts on the matter of investigations into 1MDB and its former subsidiary SRC International, Malaysiakini reported.
The OAG made the declaration following reports that Malaysian Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali had written to his counterpart in Switzerland to request for a mutual legal assistance (MLA).
“The OAG has not received any MLA request from Malaysia related to the 1MDB/SRC case.
“We remain however, entirely at the disposal of the Malaysian authorities in case of (a) request,” the OAG told the news portal.
The MLA is an agreement between two or more countries for the purpose of gathering and exchanging information in an effort to enforce public laws or criminal laws.
On March 23, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ibrahim, in a written reply to a question from Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, said that Apandi was waiting for a reply from the Swiss authority, following the request for the MLA.
“This shows that we are not protecting anybody, but unfortunately there are some who choose to exploit the matter,” Razali told the Dewan Rakyat.
He added that the MLA request was specifically pertaining to “(bank) accounts of certain individuals there (Switzerland) that can help the investigation”.
On April 5, Swiss Attorney-General Michael Lauber said that the money laundering investigation into 1MDB was making progress despite Malaysian authorities’ refusal to cooperate.
He added that the OAG were combing through money laundering reports and bank documents with the help from Singapore, Luxembourg and the United States.
“It’s not hopeless, in fact it’s the opposite.
“We’re still confident we can successfully conclude the process … in particular the open cases against the two banks,” Lauber said at a news conference, referring to Swiss private banks BSI and Falcon which have already had to pay out in the case.
(Source:Free Malaysia Today)