AGC to assist Swiss counterpart with 1MDB investigations

SINGAPORE - The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has received a request from its counterpart in Switzerland to provide information and documents on funds flowing from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and entities related to it.

In response to press queries, the AGC confirmed on Tuesday that it has received a request for mutual legal assistance from the Office of the Attorney General Switzerland (OAG), and will "render all possible assistance expeditiously".

The request is part of a corruption probe into the troubled state investor, involving allegations that billions of ringgit had been misappropriated.

Swiss authorities began investigations last August into 1MDB for suspected corruption of public foreign officials, dishonest management of public interests and money laundering.

They have extended their investigations to two former Emirati officials, in charge of Abu Dhabi sovereign funds.

As part of this, requests for mutual legal assistance were sent to Luxembourg and Singapore, the OAG said.

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