A motion has been tabled by lawmaker Carlo Sommaruga from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Switzerland on the matter

KUALA LUMPUR: Swiss lawmakers will vote in Geneva on Thursday whether to return to Malaysia some RM470 million seized recently over 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)-linked funds.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang said the motion titled “Rückführung von eingezogenen Korruptionsgeldern an die bestohlenen Bevölkerungen” (Repatriation of confiscated bribes to affected peoples) was in relation to money from 1MDB-linked funds that was seized from several banks.

The motion was tabled by lawmaker Carlo Sommaruga from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Switzerland, he said, reported The Star Online.

“We will see what happens,” Lim told reporters at a press conference in parliament today.

In his reply to Lim’s earlier letter to the SDP, its international secretary Peter Hug said the motion shall get Swiss MPs to vote on the issue.

Lim had sent a letter signed by 72 Pakatan Harapan MPs to urge Swiss lawmakers to support Sommaruga’s motion.

Earlier, Lim sought Prime Minister Najib Razak’s explanation over the controversies surrounding 1MDB.

He added that Najib should sue international London-based media The Economist and the American television station MSNBC over their coverage of the issues surrounding 1MDB.

Meanwhile Opposition Leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also welcomed the parliament of Switzerland motion for the return of RM428 million of 1MDB illicit funds that was seized by the Swiss government.

She said she had written to all 200 Swiss MPs to consider Pakatan’s request that the repatriation of the seized illicit funds of 1MDB be made by the government of Switzerland to Malaysia within the framework of mutual legal assistance procedures.

However she said the fund should only be returned to a competent Malaysian government of the day unblemished with corrupt practices and untainted with kleptocracy.

“I applaud the act of the parliament of Switzerland allowing the debate on this motion. I hope this proposal is supported by the Swiss lawmakers,” said the PKR president.