Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Malaysia 1MDB Probe: 408 Bank Accounts Frozen, Ex-PM's Stepson Summoned

Najib Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz is expected to have his statement taken by MACC tomorrow afternoon Najib Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz is expected to have his statement taken by MACC tomorrow afternoon
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2018, 12:14

In March of this year, Daddy's Home and Dumb and Dumber To backer Red Granite agreed to forfeit $60 million to the US government as part of a federal investigation involving the Malaysian fund. Aziz and Red Granite have denied wrongdoing.

Investigators in Malaysia have questioned Najib and his wife as part of the 1MDB case, along with former Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who won polls on Saturday to lead the nation's main opposition party.

Rosmah Mansor, wife of Najib Razak. In addition, the police have seized cash, handbags and jewelry valued at more than 1 billion ringgit as part of the investigation.

Last week, the 1MDB taskforce team froze over 900 accounts including Central Umno and Umno Selangor, to facilitate investigation over allegation that the accounts received funds from 1MDB.

Civil lawsuits filed by the US Department of Justice allege that almost US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB.

Both Najib and the fund have denied any wrongdoing.

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USA investigators say Riza's company, Red Granite Pictures Inc., used money stolen from 1MDB to finance Hollywood films including the Martin Scorsese-directed "The Wolf of Wall Street".

The newly elected Umno president arrived at the commission's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur at 9.52am and only came out of the building at 6.30pm, the Star online news reported.

Malaysia's anti-corruption agency on Tuesday questioned Riza Aziz, the stepson of former premier Najib Razak and a Hollywood film producer, as it stepped up its probe into alleged theft and money-laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund.

"I have given my statement to the MACC on this 1MDB issue, and as far as I am concerned, this questioning is complete", he told reporters.

Dr Ahmad Zahid also said he will return to MACC on Tuesday for questioning on a separate matter related to an Islamic charity foundation of which he is chairman.

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