Malaysian police chief: Bank founder's murder not linked to 1MDB

Malaysian police chief: Bank founder's murder not linked to 1MDB
Malaysian forensic police carrying the body of late Arab Malaysian Banking Group founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi after he was shot dead in a parking lot in Kuala Lumpur on July 29, 2013.

PETALING JAYA - There is no connection between the murder of AmBank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi and alleged transfer of 1Malaysia Development Bhd funds to a bank account of the Prime Minister, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Inspector-General of Police said such claims were false and bordered on malice.

"I can confirm that Hussain did not make any police report before he was shot dead," he told reporters after launching Ops Selamat here on Wednesday.

A WhatsApp message which went viral had linked Hussain's murder to a US$60million (S$81.4 million) deposit at an AmBank account.

The message claimed that Hussain filed a police report on the matter on July 28, 2013.

"I repeat there is no connection between the IMDB probe and Hussain's murder," said Khalid.

"Hussain's case has been solved with the killer already detained. End of story," he said.

He said police were also investigating cases of leakages of banking documents and its distribution.

"Such action is tantamount to economic sabotage.

"Our probe will include bank officers, even that of Bank Negara Malaysia if need be. We will also investigate The Wall Street Journal with regards to the leak of confidential banking documents," he said.


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