According to the New Straits Times, ACA had obtained a confession from the CEO, who was the first suspect questioned by the graft-fighting body investigating alleged corruption and abuse of power by Anwar, who was deputy prime minister and finance minister until Sept 2, 1998.
Quoting reliable sources, NST said the CEO would have been a star witness, having managed the movement of the funds locally, only for investigators to discover that those instructions were largely verbal and without a paper trail.
A statutory declaration (SD) by former Bank Negara assistant governor Abdul Murad Khalid had sparked the probe.
Murad said Anwar had amassed some RM3 billion during his tenure in the administration, adding that the latter’s cronies had set up master accounts from which contributions could be made in Anwar’s interests.
The ACA had, in connection with the case, roped in Bank Negara's investigators and launched investigation papers (IPs), including into one master account related to some RM3 billion, which was opened in the British Virgin Islands.
However, in his blog today, Anwar posted a decision by former ACA director of investigations Abdul Razak Idris who told the KL High Court on Nov 11, 2009 that he had cleared him of allegations of stashing RM3 billion in foreign accounts and having foreign links to Western interests.
He also said ACA had investigated the matter following allegations made in a statutory declaration by Murad.
|I personally believe the MACC (formerly ACA) has to reopen investigation. Since so many parties are questioning Anwar and the way his case was handled, some aspects of the investigation have to be looked into. Until all parties involved are called to give statements and evidence, the matter should not be considered 'totally closed'.|