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Anger after Malaysia drops 'Wolf of Wall Street' charges

May 18, 2020 - 6:25 PM

Malaysia's former attorney-general Tommy Thomas, who had taken the decision to prosecute the film producer, says the agreement is a 'sweetheart deal for Riza [Aziz] but terrible for Malaysia'

ANGER. In this file photo, Riza Aziz, producer of the Hollywood film 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and stepson of Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak, arrives for a court appearance at Duta court in Kuala Lumpur on July 5, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia drops charges against 'Wolf of Wall Street' producer

May 14, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Riza Aziz, who is also the stepson of Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak, is accused of allegedly receiving nearly $250 million from the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

DETAINED. Malaysian producer Riza Aziz will appear in court on Friday, Photo by Mohd Rafsan/AFP

Malaysia anti-graft chief who investigated 1MDB quits

Mar 06, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Latheefa Koya, a leading human rights activist who had been head of the anti-corruption commission since June, insists she was not pressured

RESIGNATIONS. The 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo is seen on a billboard at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange under-development site in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's new PM says no 'traitor' after turmoil

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Muhyiddin Yassin defends his legitimacy as premier, saying he has secured majority support from MPs

FIRST DAY. This handout photo taken and released on March 2, 2020, by Malaysia's Department of Information shows the country's new prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, signing a document on his first day at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya. Photo by Wazari Wazir/Malaysia's Department of Information/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir loses PM race, scandal-plagued party returns

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:21 PM

Not only does it remove a democratically elected government but it also signals the return to power of the United Malays National Organization, the scandal-plagued party of disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak

SUPRISE VICTORY. Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin (C) waves as he arrives to submit an application for a new political party in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 9, 2016. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Goldman pleads not guilty in Malaysia 1MDB case – report

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Goldman Sachs International, Goldman Sachs (Asia), and Goldman Sachs (Singapore) are accused of giving false statements that led to large sums being misappropriated

HEADQUARTERS. The Goldman Sachs Manhattan headquarters stands in Manhattan on December 17, 2018 in New York City. Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives on Monday over their alleged role in the ransacking of a multibillion-dollar state investment fund. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Malaysia 1MDB fugitive spotted in virus-hit Chinese city

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Low Taek Jho – commonly known as Jho Low – is accused of playing a major role in plundering billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Jynwel Capital Limited CEO Jho Low attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP Taylor Hill / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Malaysia's former first lady goes on trial for corruption

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Rosmah Mansor, wife of ex-prime minister Najib Razak, is on trial for allegedly bankrolling a luxurious lifestyle with kickbacks and stolen public money

Rosmah Mansor (C), wife of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak, arrives for the start of her corruption trial at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on February 5, 2020. STR / AFP

Malaysia ex-PM 'sought Abu Dhabi royal's help over scandal'

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:32 PM

A 2016 recording reveals that Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak urged Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to help fabricate a loan agreement for Hollywood producer Riza Aziz

HELP. In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) shakes hands with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan after his welcoming ceremony in Putrajaya on March 12, 2013. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian ex-prime minister swears in mosque he did not order murder

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak is accused of ordering the killing of a Mongolian woman linked to a major defense deal

Malaysian PM again hints he could stay on beyond 2020

Dec 14, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad declines to give a definite pledge to step down

PRIME MINISTER. Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad declines to give a definitive pledge to step down. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana / AFP

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak takes stand in 1MDB trial

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Najib went on trial in April over the controversy, in a case centering on the transfer of $10.1 million from a former 1MDB unit into his bank accounts. He denies any wrongdoing.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), in Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Malaysian ex-PM Najib's 1st 1MDB trial to proceed

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:50 AM

High Court judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali rules the case is strong enough to go forward and Najib should enter his defense

1MDB TRIAL. In this file photo, Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

Fugitive Malaysian 1MDB financier offered asylum – spokesperson

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The whereabouts of Low Taek Jho, who has been charged over the scandal in the US and Malaysia, are a mystery but his representatives now say he has been offered asylum, without naming a country

1MDB SAGA. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

U.S. agrees $700 million settlement including luxury hotel, jet over 1MDB

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Jho Low relinquishes the assets under the largest ever US civil forfeiture, intended to recover cash allegedly stolen in the 1MDB scandal which helped topple Malaysia's corruption-plagued former regime.

SETTLES. Jho Low attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP Taylor Hill / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Malaysia seeking fines of $100 million in expanded 1MDB probe

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:21 AM

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission says it hopes to recover roughly 420 million ringgit ($100 million) from 80 individuals, companies and political parties – including Nazir Razak, the brother of former prime minister Najib Razak

The 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo is seen on a billboard at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange under-development site in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. A government task force investigating a Malaysian state-owned investment fund seized documents from its offices on July 8 after a probe allegedly found hundreds of millions of dollars in the prime minister's personal bank accounts. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Malaysia ex-PM Najib 'pivotal' in 1MDB plunder, trial hears

Aug 28, 2019 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) Wednesday's trial is the biggest, with Najib Razak accused of 21 counts of money-laundering and 4 of abuse of power, on allegations he illicitly obtained 2.28 billion ringgit from 1MDB

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on August 28, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian prosecutors wrap up first case against Najib

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:07 PM

With the prosecution now finished, a judge will hear arguments from both sides in October and rule on November 11 whether the case is strong enough to continue

1MDB. In this file photo, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's major 1MDB trial postponed

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:04 PM

It is the second trial linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad that Najib Razak is due to face since his long-ruling coalition suffered a shock election loss last year.

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The city-state is one of several countries that launched probes into allegations that billions of dollars were misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. A government task force investigating a Malaysian state-owned investment fund seized documents from its offices on July 8 after a probe allegedly found hundreds of millions of dollars in the prime minister's personal bank accounts. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Diamonds bought with stolen 1MDB money to be handed to U.S.

May 02, 2019 - 7:34 PM

A spokesman for Jho Low says he is 'pleased to learn that the United States Department of Justice and all the relevant parties are working to amicably resolve these matters'

1MDB. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1MDB graft trial resumes

Apr 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Najib Razak earlier denies 7 charges related to the theft of 42 million ringgit ($10.2 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2019. Photo by AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib goes on trial over 1MDB mega-scandal

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak faces the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation

TRIAL. File photo of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Toppled Malaysian leader's 1MDB trial delayed

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyers have filed an application for the trial to be delayed pending an appeal on a technicality related to the transfer of charges between different courts

NAJIB RAZAK. In this file photo from December 12, 2018, former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak (C) leaves the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Malaysia's toppled leader to go on trial over 1MDB scandal

Feb 10, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Former prime minister Najib Razak and his cronies are accused of stealing $4.5 billion from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

1MDB SCANDAL. In this file photo, Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia probes claim China offered to bail out 1MDB

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports Chinese officials offered in 2016 to help bail out the debt-mired 1MDB, and said they would try to use their influence to get countries to drop investigations into the case

1MDB. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Goldman says former Malaysia gov't lied, after charges filed

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Goldman says in a statement that 'certain members of the former Malaysian government and 1MDB lied to Goldman Sachs, outside counsel and others about the use of proceeds from these transactions'

HEADQUARTERS. The Goldman Sachs Manhattan headquarters stands in Manhattan on December 17, 2018 in New York City. Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives on Monday over their alleged role in the ransacking of a multibillion-dollar state investment fund. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Malaysia files charges against Goldman over 1MDB scandal

Dec 17, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Goldman subsidiaries and ex-bankers Tim Leissner and Ng Chong Hwa are accused of misappropriating $2.7 billion, bribing officials and giving false statements

Malaysian ex-leader, former 1MDB head charged

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak has now been hit with a total of 39 charges since losing power, most related to his alleged role in looting 1MDB

1MDB SCANDAL In this file photo, Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia financier faces new charges in 1MDB scandal

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, commonly known as Jho Low, faces new charges of laundering more than $1.0 billion, in a massive corruption scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB

MORE CHARGES. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM and ally charged in $1.6B graft case

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Najib Razak has now been hit with 38 charges since losing power, most of them related to allegations that he and his cronies plundered vast sums from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

CHARGED. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd R) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian opposition leader charged in $26 million graft case

Oct 19, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a former deputy premier and ally of scandal-mired ex-leader Najib Razak, is accused of crimes that include accepting bribes to award government contracts and money-laundering

Wife of ex-Malaysian leader charged with money laundering

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) Rosmah Mansor, wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, is released on bail after spending the night in detention at the office of the country's anti-corruption agency

Rosmah Mansor (top C), wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, is escorted by police personnel during her arrival at court in Kuala Lumpur on October 4, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Wife of ex-Malaysian prime minister arrested by anti-graft agency

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:53 PM

(UPDATED) Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak, is apprehended by the Anti-Corruption Commission

ARRESTED. File photo shows Rosmah Mansor (center), the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM's wife quizzed for almost 13 hours in graft probe

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Officials are said to be in the final stages of investigating Rosmah Mansor over the alleged looting of state fund 1MDB and she could reportedly be charged soon

MAGNET OF CONTROVERSY. Rosmah Mansor (center), the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters after giving a statement in Putrajaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, on June 5, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM hit with 25 new charges over 1MDB scandal

Sep 20, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Najib is accused of abusing his position to receive funds totally 2.3 billion ringgit ($555 million) between 2011 and 2014

NAJIB RAZAK SPEAKS. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM arrested over $628 million linked to 1MDB – officials

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission says it had detained Najib as part of its investigations into the fund and 'the entry of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his personal account'

NAJIB RAZAK. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Lawyer for ex-Malaysian leader Najib arrested, charged

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Shafee Abdullah is slapped with 4 money laundering charges at the Sessions Court, where he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail

ARRESTED. Shafee Abdullah, (C), chief lawyer of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak is escorted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers to a court in Kuala Lumpur on September 13, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian financier charged over massive graft scandal

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The move is seen as a key step in trying to get Low Taek Jho, who allegedly played a central role in plundering state fund 1MDB, extradited to Malaysia to face justice

Malaysia to shelve China-backed projects worth $22B

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:57 AM

The projects include a railway connecting Malaysia's east coast to southern Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines

SHELVED. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad adjusts his earphones during a joint press conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of money laundering. He faces up to 15 years in jail for each charge.

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Equanimity belongs to Jho Low, an international financier who allegedly played a central role in the 1MDB controversy that has engulfed former prime minister Najib Razak

EQUANIMITY. The Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity, which is reportedly worth some US$250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, is pictured at Benoa harbour on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 13, 2018. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Malaysia to take possession of 1MDB-linked yacht from Indonesia

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Cayman Islands-registered Equanimity is worth $250 million and was bought by a former unofficial adviser of the 1MDB investment fund

Malaysia drops sedition cases against political cartoonist

Jul 30, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Zunar says he would not be 'absolutely happy until the government abolishes the Sedition Act'

ZUNAR. File photo shows Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, poses with handcuffs prior to a book-launch event in Kuala Lumpur on February 14, 2015. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

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Jul 04, 2018 - 1:44 PM

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Jul 04, 2018 - 11:45 AM

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Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruption

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The first ex-premier in Malaysia to appear before a judge, Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of criminal breach of trust and a separate charge that he abused his position to pocket 42 million ringgit

CHARGED. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over huge graft probe

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Najib Razak will be charged Wednesday, a taskforce set up to probe wrongdoing at state fund 1MDB says in a statement, adding he was apprehended 'at his home'

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Treasure trove seized from ex-Malaysia PM worth up to $273M

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:08 PM

'I think this is the biggest seizure in Malaysian history,' says Amar Singh, the police's head of commercial crime investigations

'BIGGEST SEIZURE.' Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia murder case linked to Najib 'may be re-opened'

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and her body blown up with military-grade plastic explosives near Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

ANOTHER CASE. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd right) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018.  Scandal-tainted former Malaysian leader Najib Razak arrived on May 22 at the anti-corruption agency to give a statement over a massive financial scandal that helped to bring down his long-ruling regime in historic elections. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN