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New list of 1MDB forfeiture respondents out in two weeks

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A new list of individuals and entities involved in forthcoming civil forfeiture action by the MACC will be released within two weeks at the earliest.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki (above) today said the list of respondents was extensive, and as such, his team needed time to undertake detailed checks concerning witnesses and the location of assets, while attending to other aspects such as coming up with a shortlist of names and having discussions with investigators and the Attorney-General's office.

“Those we can take legal action against, we will do so", he told the media after the closure of a basic training course, as well as a management and professional course for MACC officers in Banting today.

Azam declined to give an estimate on the number of individuals and entities who are due to be summoned in the next civil forfeiture application.

He, however, urged all those who had received funds from 1MDB to return the money, adding "they know they are recipients of 1MDB funds as they received them in the form of cheques, not cash".

Azam said legal action could be taken against these parties under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Amla).

Yesterday, he was reported to have said that many more summonses would be issued following the MACC's civil forfeiture suit filed on June 19 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court against 41 individuals and entities to recover 1MDB-linked funds worth RM270 million.

Among the 41 are political parties Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah and MCA, and organisations such as Pertubuhan Kebajikan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia.  

- Bernama

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