PETALING JAYA - The Attorney-General is not part of the special task force investigating 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
This was clarified in a statement signed by MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Bakar Kassim Mohamed, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Bank Negara Malaysia governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz yesterday.
The statement said the task force is managed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Royal Malaysian Police and Bank Negara.
It said their organisations had their own scope in the investigations, based on their respective legal provisions.
The statement added that the issue of Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail interfering and influencing the investigations did not arise because he was only referred to for guidance and advice.
"This is to ensure the investigation is conducted in a holistic and legal manner.
"The giving of guidance and legal advice as is done in the 1MDB case is in line with all other cases that are investigated," it added.
The statement said inter-agency discussions were held from time to time to ensure that investigations were carried out smoothly, and this was a common practice by enforcement agencies when investigating a case.
The statement was in response to a media report quoting former A-G Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman as saying that Gani should withdraw from the task force.
As of yesterday, all statements on the probe had been issued by Abu Bakar, Khalid, Zeti and Gani.