PETALING JAYA - In a raid on the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya on Wednesday (May 16), the Malaysian police found a three-year-old copy of a drafted letter addressed to former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Malay Mail reported.
The draft letter, titled "Investigations on 1MDB and other collateral issues to YBhg Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail" and dated July 27, 2015, may shed light on the current investigations as well as the past probe that saw Mr Abdul Gani immediately replaced by Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali who was at that time a Federal Court judge.
Apandi has since been put on garden leave.
Malay Mail learnt that the draft letter was discovered together with other 1MDB documents that were kept in a steel cabinet during a high-level raid by senior police officers from Bukit Aman's Commercial Crimes Investigations Department on the fifth floor of the Prime Minister's Office in Perdana Putra, Putrajaya last Wednesday night.
Other documents seized were copies of a 13-point document related to the 1MDB case dated July 2015 and also another undated document titled "Three Concerns on 1MDB".
The steel cabinet was located inside a room that had been used by Datuk Seri Iskandar Mohd Kaus, the former principal confidential secretary of ex-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Malay Mail understands the search and seizure were made following a police report lodged with the Dang Wangi police station last Wednesday.
Police have classified the case under Section 409 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust by a public servant.
The highly-publicised police raids were simultaneously conducted by Bukit Aman's CCID teams on Mr Najib's official and personal residences, where other valuables, cash and jewellery were seized.
Mr Najib has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing relating to the 1MDB scandal and was cleared by Apandi while in office. He is currently being investigated on the matter under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday he will seek to recover funds diverted from 1MDB by reaching out to authorities in Switzerland, the US, Singapore and other jurisdictions.
A parliamentary committee in 2016 identified at least US$4.2 billion (S$5.64 billion) in irregular transactions by the fund.
On Thursday, Dr Mahathir set up a separate committee to look into matters relating to the fund, whose full name is 1Malaysia Development Bhd.