Kuala Lumpur: Intensifying its probe into the graft charges against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, a special task force probing the money trail of a state-run fund today said they were looking into the bank account of his wife.
The special task force, said it was looking into the Prime Minister's wife Rosmah Mansor's account as one aspect of their investigations into the alleged transfer of almost USD 700 million into the personal account of Razak.
The account has been highlighted in the media, which alleged that various sums totalling two million ringgit (over USD 2 lakh) was banked into an account with Affin Bank bearing her name between February 10 and April 23 this year by a man identified as Roslan Sohari, Star newspaper reported today.
"The special task force takes any media exposure made regarding 1 MDB seriously. We will carry out the investigation and record statements from all relevant parties," it said in a statement.
The statement was signed by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, Bank Negara (Central Bank) Malaysia Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Inspector-General Police Khalid Abu Bakar and Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed.
"The task force already knew about the account belonging to the Prime Minister's wife even before it was exposed in the media.
"The special task force stresses that any investigations related to 1MDB is conducted transparently, independently and professionally," it said.
The task force hopes that all parties will not question the integrity of the National Bank, Royal Malaysian Police and the MACC in carrying out their duties in the investigation.
Last Friday, Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report published reports alleging that nearly USD 700 million (RM2.65 billion) of 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) fund was transferred into Najib's personal account.
The WSJ has stood by its report and have published on its website nine documents detailing how almost USD 700 million 1 MDB funds allegedly ended up in Najib's personal bank accounts, Star newspaper reported here.
The international business daily published the "Government Documents From Probe of Najib Razak" on their website saying the documents came from a "Malaysian government investigation".
The documents showed alleged bank transfers from various companies to Najib's personal accounts on March 2013, December 2014 and February 2015.