PETALING JAYA - Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has ordered a full probe into who leaked bank documents relating to 1MDB to the Wall Street Journal.
He said in a statement on Wednesday that the documents were subject matter of an ongoing investigation.
"A further concern was that the documents were allegedly leaked from within the investigation itself.
"I am also concerned at the insinuations and allegations that have been made linking him to certain political agenda," he said.
Abdul Gani stressed that the whole purpose of setting up an inter-agency special task force to investigate the matter was to ensure there could be no abuse of the investigation mechanism.
"I will not hesitate to prosecute any person found to have leaked confidential investigation related information as it is a criminal offence under section 133 of the Financial Services Act 2013, and Section 145 of the Islamic Financial Services Act 2013.
"For any person who has access to any document or information relating to the affairs or account of any customer of a financial institution, including the financial institution or any person who is or has been a director, officer or agent of the financial institution, to disclose to another person any document or information relating to the affairs or account of any customer of the financial institution," he said.
It is also a criminal offence under section 203A of the Penal Code for any person to disclose any information or matter which has been obtained by him in the performance of his duties or the exercise of his functions under any written law.
It is wrong as well for any person who has any information or matter which to his knowledge has been disclosed in contravention of the law to further disclose that information or matter to any other person, added Abdul Gani.