Report: Investigators say RM600m from 1MDB deposited into Umno account
KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — The freezing of Umno bank accounts could be linked to an alleged transfer of some RM600 million from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) into the party’s accounts, according to a news report.
The New Straits Times (NST) today reported it had learnt that investigators are looking to prove the link between the money to 1MDB, while authorities were attempting to retrieve the remaining funds.
This comes as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission froze 900 bank accounts linked to the 1MDB scandal yesterday.
Among the accounts frozen was that of a prominent lawyer, the English daily reported.
In a statement released by the 1MDB Special Task Force yesterday, it had cited that the freeze was carried out over irregularities and misappropriation of funds in 1MDB.
Separately, a senior Umno leader had also confirmed with the NST that millions of Ringgit were channelled through the party “several years ago”.
The Task Force is lead by former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, former MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and Bukit Aman Special Branch director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bodor.