Special Branch denies hand in MACC officer raid

Modified 3 Aug 2015, 4:18 am

Special Branch has denied reports that it was behind the raid at a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor’s house on Saturday night.

“We are not involved as the investigation on 1MDB is led by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID),” Special Branch director Mohamad Fuzi Harun told The Star in a report today.

He was likely referring to certain online reports yesterday that his department had raided the DPP officer’s home in Precinct 11, Putrajaya and his office at Precinct 3.

In the raid reportdly lasted over two hours, a laptop and a box believed to contain documents pertaining to investigations on 1MDB were seized .

The Star also reported MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull denying he had been told to take a break from the investigations.

The English daily reported him saying he was on duty abroad.

“My officers are well trained and very committed. They can do their work without any instructions from me,” he was quoted saying.

On Saturday, the MACC officer who had been handling the 1MDB probe was arrested early morning.

This is in addition to the arrests of a former MACC adviser who is tan sri and an Attorney-General's Chambers officer.

Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar has clarified the arrests are in relation to the leaking of information.

Those involved were part of a special task force set up several months ago to probe allegations into the debt-ridden 1MDB, a Finance Ministry-owned investment firm.

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