Malaysia 1MDB key witness detained by Jakarta Police
The Jakarta Post
Malaysian politician Jamal Yunos, a fugitive of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), is currently being detained at the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta.
“The police were asked to arrest him [Jamal Yunos]. Yesterday, he was also questioned by the immigration office,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
He said Jamal was also in violation of immigration laws.
“After the immigration office questioned him, he was returned to the Jakarta Police headquarters, which is where he is located currently,” he said.
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian previously said Jamal had been arrested in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Monday and would be deported soon.
“We will deport him, perhaps today [Tuesday] or tomorrow,” Tito said.
According to Tito, Jamal is suspected of being involved in the 1MDB corruption case, in which he has been declared a witness.
He reportedly left Malaysia on June 13 and entered Indonesia illegally.
Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the scandal and charged with four counts of corruption for alleged embezzling.
The 1MDB corruption case gained worldwide attention when Wall Street Journal published a document that showed Najib Razak had received US$681 million in his personal bank account from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a Malaysian state-owned investment company.
Najib has denied allegations of embezzlement and claimed the money was donations from a Saudi royal. (ami)
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