A Swiss probe into bribery and fraud centred on Malaysian state fund 1MDB is investigating six people, but former prime minister Najib Razak is not one of them, the country's attorney general said today.
The banking haven is looking into claims its financial system was used to launder money siphoned off from the multi-billion dollar fund, which investigators say was raided to buy everything from US real estate to artworks.
He denied all four charges and is currently on bail.
Shortly after he was booted from office in May, raids on properties linked to Najib and his family netted USD 273 million dollars' worth of cash, jewellery and luxury handbags.
"At this stage of the proceedings, six persons are under investigation and two banks are suspected of involvement," the Swiss Attorney General's Office said today.
"Mr. Najib Razak, the former prime minister, is not one of the public officials under accusation," the statement added.
Lauber's office said he and Thomas "discussed the coordination of the investigation into the 1MDB case" and that its probe was focusing on the use of financing obtained by 1MDB and a former unit called SRC.
"All or part of the financing obtained is alleged to have been used for other purposes, most particularly for the personal enrichment of the persons involved," the statement said.
Speaking to reporters separately, Lauber said USD 7.0 billion flowed through the global financial system from 1MDB and SRC.
Last year, Lauber lamented that Malaysian authorities during Najib's rule had refused to cooperate with his years-old inquiry.
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