Najib giving his statement to AMLA for the second time

Safeek Affendy Razali

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, has been called in again by the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Prevention Unit (AMLA), Royal Malaysian Police to have his statement recorded at Menara KPJ, Jalan Tun Razak.

It was reported that Najib arrived along with his lawyer between 9am and 9.30am. However, media practitioners who have been waiting for the Pekan member of parliament since 8am were unaware of his presence. A Toyota Vellfire bearing 1M4U registration number, was believed to have been waiting for Najib at the back of the building. As of 11am, there was no sign of Najib.

It was reported that he was summoned to the AMLA office on Monday to facilitate investigation over 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

The investigation is being conducted under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

Najib had before this faced three money-laundering charges under AMLA 2001 and four other amended charges in relation to RM42 million of SRC International funds in his personal account.

The three deposits, amounting to RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million, were deposited into his AmIslamic account between Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015.

However, no plea was recorded.

Based on the charges, Najib could face a prison term of 15 years and a five-fold fine over the amount involved, if convicted. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd