22 Jun '11, 5am

Malaysia Borneo leader denies secret Swiss account

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The longtime leader of Malaysia's largest state denied accusations Wednesday that he holds any secret Swiss bank account containing massive riches amassed through corrupt timber deals. Abdul Taib Mahmud, chief minister of Malaysia's eastern Sarawak state on Borneo island, has faced mounting pressure to respond to claims that he plundered billions from the jungle-blanketed state for three decades. Abdul Taib, Sarawak's leader for 30 years, made a much-anticipated statement at the state legislature to denounce what he called "malicious falsehoods" that he has Swiss bank accounts, assets or investments. The claim was made last month by the Bruno Manser Fund, a Swiss-based group that campaigns for the rights of Sarawak's indigenous tribal communities. The group said it had sent a report to Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey asking her to freeze A...

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