Malaysian anti-corruption authorities have resumed an investigation of the controversial 16-year dive agreement involving former Prime Minister Najib Razak, the latest probe of corruption facing the slain Najib.
Due to the loss of the May election, Najib was charged with many offenses and was the subject of corruption investigations, some of which were associated with a several-day scandal in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad State Fund (1MDB).
Najib did not report all charges.
Investigators with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are now investigating whether in 2002, when Najib was the defense minister, two Scorpen-class submarines were sold to Malaysia by DCN International (DCNI) builder, according to the local newspaper The Star, citing MacC sources.
One source quoted The Star said Najib was called to issue a statement on the submarine talks on Monday, and the investigators would accept statements from others, including Najib's former aide, Abdul Razak Baginda, who is investigating French financial prosecutors for an agreement.
DCNI later became a new entity called DCNS, which changed last year as Naval Group. The French defense company Thales owns around a third of the naval group.
The French authorities have opened an investigation into the agreement after the Malaysian Suaram human rights group claimed the sale led to a $ 130 million commission paid by Najib.
Last August, French prosecutors said that in the framework of the 2002 Submarine Survey, two former executives were built by Thales and DCNS.
The Thales spokesman refused to comment at the time.
A spokesman for the Maritime Group also refused to comment, but added: "We are anxious to respect all relevant national and international laws."
Earlier investigations by Malaysian authorities have found no evidence to link Najib directly with corruption in the deal.
Najib's assistants did not respond immediately to requests for comments. Najib and his supporters constantly denied any humiliation in the submarine.
The 1MDB scandal was one of the main reasons for Najib's election defeat. The fund is the subject of corruption and money laundering investigations in at least six countries.
The US authorities said that $ 1.5 billion was withdrawn from 1MDB, and approximately $ 700 million was diverted to Najib's personal accounts. He refused any misconduct.