Date
23 July 2017
Malaysian leader Najib Razak has faced resignation calls in the wake of a scandal surrounding state investment fund 1MDB. Photo: Reuters
Malaysian leader Najib Razak has faced resignation calls in the wake of a scandal surrounding state investment fund 1MDB. Photo: Reuters

Malaysia lawmaker in dock for divulging classified 1MDB info

Malaysia has detained a senior opposition lawmaker for divulging details from a classified auditor general’s report on troubled state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. (1MDB).

The nation’s police chief confirmed Tuesday that Rafizi Ramli, vice president of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat party, has been arrested under the Official Secrets Act, the Wall Street Journal reported.

At a news conference last week, Rafizi disclosed what he claimed was an excerpt of an auditor-general’s report showing that 1MDB was partly responsible for delays in gratuity payments to retired military servicemen.

The report had been declared protected under the Official Secrets Act, making Rafizi guilty of breaching the law in relation to classified information.

Rafizi’s party said in a statement that he was taken away by a group of 10 police officers on Tuesday. The police are also said to have searched his office at party headquarters.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has been under pressure since the Wall Street Journal reported last year that government investigators found hundreds of millions of dollars entered his personal bank accounts via banks, companies and other entities linked to 1MDB.

Najib, who is chairman of 1MDB’s advisory board, has denied wrongdoing or taking money for personal gain.

Malaysia’s attorney general said the funds were a legal political donation from Saudi Arabia and that most of the money was returned.

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