Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has been cleared of all corruoption and criminal allegations by Malaysia’s attorney general. The allegations emerged after the Saudi royal family “gifted” $681m to the personal bank account for the Prime Minister.
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“I am satisfied with the findings that the funds were not a form of graft or bribery,” attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali told a hastily called news conference.
“There was no reason given as to why the donation was made to PM Najib – that is between him and the Saudi family,” Apandi said.
The Malaysian anti-corruption commission (MACC) had earlier said the funds were a political donation from an unidentified Middle Eastern benefactor.
Najib said he welcomed the attorney general’s comments that “confirmed what I have maintained all along: that no crime was committed.”
“This issue has been an unnecessary distraction for the country. Now that the matter has been comprehensively put to rest, it is time for us to unite and move on,” he added.
Malaysian opposition parliamentarian Tony Pua told the Guardian the “basis to absolve the prime minister of any wrongdoing is utterly without merit because the ‘personal affair’ does not preclude corrupt motives or transactions”.
He added: “The attorney general has provided no new or convincing information or arguments on whether the massive funds were bona fide, which leads to the question whether the newly appointed attorney general is merely covering up for the prime minister.”
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