Malaysia's anti-graft chief says received death threat, witnesses went missing

Mahathir launches antigraft task force

Najib Razak, Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister, Questioned Over 1MDB

"We wanted to bring back money that was stolen back to our country".

US investigators say Najib's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which also landed in Najib's bank account, and that some $23 million was used to buy a rare diamond pink necklace for Rosmah.

"The regular basis detailed for further action to be taken involving 1MDB case were discussed at the meeting and the next meeting will be held tomorrow (May 23)", the statement added.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was being questioned Tuesday by anti-corruption police about a graft scandal that could lead to criminal charges against him.

Newly elected prime minister Mahathir Mohamad announced the formation of the task force today (May 21). "I am not a rogue", he said.

Swarmed by reporters, Najib arrived at the MACC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur wearing an open-neck shirt and looking relaxed.

Malaysia's scandal-tainted former leader Sunday denied he stole public funds and complained of the way he has been treated since he unexpectedly lost power in a stunning election defeat.

Now answering to a different prime minister, the MACC has reopened its investigation, initially focusing on how 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million) went from SRC International to Najib's account.

Najib has said $681 million of funds deposited in his personal bank account were a donation from a Saudi royal, rebutting reports that the funds came from 1MDB.

Najib has been barred from leaving Malaysia as the new government investigates accusations he took part in the looting of billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in a vast conspiracy of fraud and money-laundering.

SRC International was a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) before it was placed under the Finance Ministry in 2012. US investigators say Najib's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which landed in Najib's bank account.

The man who headed the first investigation into Malaysia's 1MDB scandal has said that he "almost died" whilst carrying out the probe, and was forced to flee the country after officers working for him were incarcerated, witnesses disappeared and he had multiple threats on his life. "Whenever possible, recovered assets will be used to benefit the people harmed by these acts of corruption and abuse of office".

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