IGP: Request for mutual legal assistance sent to Singapore regarding the case of Tawfiq Ayman

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has sent a Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) request to the Singapore authorities in connection with the case involving Datuk Dr Tawfiq Ayman.

Tawfiq, the husband of former Bank Negara Malaysia Governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, is being investigated over allegations that he received funds linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

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Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the MLA request was submitted through the Attorney General’s office.

“Investigators have identified the documents and statements necessary for the investigation.

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“However, we need to go through the MLA process to ensure that the statements and documents are accepted by the Malaysian courts. The MLA request has been made to the Singaporean authorities through the AGC,” said he told a press conference after attending the anti-scam ambassadors. ‘ Appointment ceremony at the Police Training College, Tuesday, September 13.

It was reported in April that a team of investigators had a series of meetings with their counterparts from Singapore’s Department of Commercial Affairs between March 29 and March 31.

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Based on these meetings, the police identified the documents and witness statements needed for the investigations.

In March, several witnesses in Singapore had agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation into 1MDB, including involving Tawfiq.

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Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department Director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said that several witnesses would be interviewed including bank officers.

Tawfiq is also being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as part of an ongoing investigation.

Its chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki had said that his agency’s task in the matter was to repatriate funds from Singapore, while the police carried out the criminal investigation.

In March last year, it was reported that Tawfiq was under police investigation after funds linked to 1MDB were allegedly transferred to his Singapore-based bank account.

The case is being considered under section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Prevention of Terrorist Financing and Proceeds of Illicit Activities Act 2001.

In November, MACC revealed that Singapore had repatriated US$15.4 million (RM64.3 million) in 1MDB-related funds involving Tawfiq’s company in Malaysia.

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