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IGP: We’ll respond to claims in court

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KUALA LUMPUR — The police will reply to allegations they did not follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) during their raids and seizures in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigations in court.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun confirmed yesterday officers from the Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) have been issued affidavits from lawyers representing former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who accused the force of violating SOPs in the raids at Pavilion Residences.

“Affidavits have been issued to my officers and we will respond according to the affidavits,” he told reporters after launching a blood donation drive in conjunction with Police Appreciation Day here.

“I don’t want to speak on the details but we will respond accordingly.”

Najib, who has been charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power, claimed three days ago the raids conducted by CCID chief Datuk Seri Amar Singh were not in accordance with police SOPs.

He also questioned Amar’s integrity, saying he was not qualified to become an adviser to the special 1MDB task force.

Najib, the Pekan MP, also claimed that several top government officials, including Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdul, were unqualified to investigate the 1MDB issue.

He alleged that Mohd Shukri’s first media statement was “emotional” and “vengeful” in nature, and said it was unfortunate Mohd Shukri had described him as an “offender”.

Najib’s allegation against Thomas was over an article, titled “Grand Larceny 1MDB”, which Thomas wrote in 2016, in which he allegedly concluded the money deposited into Najib’s personal bank account was actually 1MDB’s money.