The plot continues to thicken in the investigation of millions of dollars allegedly funneled from state funds to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s bank account.
While the investigation continues into the Wall Street Journal’s report that documents exist which allegedly show $700 million was wired from entities linked to 1MDB into Najib’s accounts, Malaysian police are now saying they are investigating whether the leak of confidential documents is part of a plot to topple Najib.
National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says the leak of the documents, allegedly from a Malaysian government investigation into state investment fund 1MDB, could constitute as “economic sabotage” against the country and be part of a conspiracy to topple Najib.
Khalid says police “have not eliminated the possibility of a conspiracy to subvert Malaysia’s democratic process and topple the Prime Minister.”
He said Monday that all members of the taskforce investigating 1MDB will be questioned.
The development comes after fresh allegations late last week that 2 million ringgit ($529,000) were deposited into the accounts of Najib’s wife earlier this year.
The Sarawak Report website reported Thursday that investigations into 1MDB showed the money was deposited into Rosmah’s account in a local bank in eight transactions earlier this year.
Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail said Friday the task force is aware of the allegation against Rosmah and that an investigation is underway.
Rosmah’s lawyers said the news report is “menacing and false” and denied she took money from 1MDB.
Her free-spending ways, however, have long attracted international media attention.
The New York Times reported earlier this year:
A notable episode involved the Birkin bags: A series of photos that went viral on social media in Malaysia showed Ms. Rosmah holding at least nine of the purses. They typically cost between $9,000 and $150,000 apiece.
… invoices and other documents obtained by The Times show millions of dollars in jewelry ordered for Ms. Rosmah in Hong Kong in 2008 and 2009.
In February, she hit the headlines again after she complained about the cost of the tailors and hairdressers who visit her home.
“We have to make beautiful clothes to attend functions, but the prices are way too high. For those who can afford, it’s all right. But what about housewives like us, with no income?” she said.
Additional reporting from Associated Press