Four passengers of the doomed MH370 flight have had more than £20,000 withdrawn from their personal bank accounts in a series of mysterious transactions.

The flight went missing five months ago and yet the cash machine withdrawals for a total of 111,000 RM, or £20, 916, are believed to have taken place in July.

City Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Izany Abdul Ghany confirmed the large sum of money had disappeared from four accounts.

The bank, understood to be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, noticed the suspicious withdrawals on July 18.

It then lodged an official complaint with the police on August 2 following an internal inquiry.

ACP Izany said: “We are investigating the case as unauthorised access with intent to commit an offence.”

The offence in Malaysian law, which comes under the Computer Crimes Act 1997, provides for a fine of up to £30,000, or imprisonment for up to 10 years, and in some cases both.

ACP Izany has not ruled out the possibility of an inside job at the bank, saying that police were “investigating all the angles”.

He added: “We are getting CCTV footage from the bank to identify the suspects involved.

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