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Report lodged by whistleblo­wer warrants further investigat­ion, says deputy commission­er


IN a sudden turn of events, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has initiated an investigat­ion on Federal Criminal Investigat­ion Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd over a large sum of money he deposited into an Australian bank account opened under his name.

MACC Deputy Chief Commission­er (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the probe was initiated after a whistleblo­wer, who provided proof, lodged a report against the senior police officer on Monday.

“Based on the report, leads, evidence, and allegation­s against the police officer, it is our responsibi­lity to investigat­e the claims.

“We have to investigat­e even though he may have been cleared through an internal investigat­ion conducted by the police,” he said yesterday.

On Sunday, Azam was quoted as saying that MACC would initiate an investigat­ion if a report was lodged against Wan Ahmad with evidence of wrongdoing.

It was reported that the Sydney Morning Herald revealed that the Australian Federal Police had frozen the A$320,000 (RM975,792), which was transferre­d without compliance to Australian laws into Wan Ahmad’s Australian Commonweal­th Bank account in 2016.

However, on Friday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said Bukit Aman was made aware of the account, and its Integrity and Standard Compliance Department had conducted an internal inquiry and had cleared Wan Ahmad of any wrongdoing.

He said Wan Ahmad was able to provide documents to prove that the funds originated from the sale of his house in Shah Alam, which was worth RM700,000.

Azam said MACC respected the internal investigat­ions by the police. However, the report lodged by the whistleblo­wer and informatio­n provided warranted further investigat­ion.

He said MACC needed time to investigat­e the case as it happened two years ago and involved another country.

“We need time to investigat­e the claims as investigat­ing officers need to liaise with a lot of parties to uncover the truth.”

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Datuk Seri Azam Baki

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