The special task force investigating claims of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds misappropriation said they knew about Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor bank account before the matter was publishedbythe Sarawak Report yesterday.

“The special task force already knew about the matter on Prime Minister wife’s bank account even before it was reported by the media. Investigation over the matter is on-going,” the task force said in a press statement.

The task force said they viewed the matter seriously and saidinvestigationwill be carried out. The task force also promised statement will be taken from relevant parties.

“The special task force would like to stress that the investigation on 1MDB is done in a transparent, free and professional manner,” the statementread.

“The special task force call on all parties not to question the integrity of Bank Negara, the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in carrying out their duties and their role in the investigation,” it said in the statement.

The joint statement was signed by Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Bank Negara Malaysia Gabenor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and MACC chief Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

The Sarawak Report yesterday alleged that a total of RM2 million was deposited into an account number, which investigators have reported as belonging to “Rosmah Binti Mansor (Datin Sri)”.

The report also alleged that the money was deposited into the account during the course of just two months at the beginning the year.

In its article published last Friday, WSJ alleged that 1MDB funds amounting to US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) had been channelled to the premier's personal account, a claim denied by both Najib and 1MDB.

Following the report, a special task force was set up to probe the alleged mismanagement of funds.

On Wednesday, several officials of the task force came to the 1MDB office, located on the eighth floor of Menara IMC, at 10.30 am and were seen leaving at about 6.30 pm.

About 20 boxes of what is believed to be documents were taken away in a police truck.