1MDB Saga Takes New Twist, MACC Summons Witnesses

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1MDB saga takes a new twist as MACC has summoned witnesses to help investigations into new leads.

MACC is also investigating others who had been bribed by Tim Leissner, but who have yet to be hauled to court

Malaysian sovereign fund 1MDB saga took a new twist as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has summoned several witnesses in its investigation into alleged bribery by Investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Online news portal FMT quoting a source close to the matter reported that MACC is investigating the admission by the former investment bank’s partner Tim Leissner in 2018 that he had bribed officials of the government and 1MDB.

“As for now, we are still investigating the matter.

“MACC was still investigating others who had been bribed by Leissner, but who have yet to be hauled to court,” FMT quoted the source as saying.

MACC is obtaining documents from related foreign investigating agencies.

Leissner pleaded guilty in a New York court to money laundering and foreign bribery charges for his role in a scheme to siphon most of the US$6.5 billion raised for 1MDB.

However, the names of those who received bribes were never revealed.

Goldman Sachs later agreed to pay US$3.9 billion (RM16.4 billion) to Malaysia in a settlement agreement for its role in the scandal.

In October last year, former prime minister Najib Razak lodged a report against Leissner in order for Malaysian authorities to question the latter or seek his extradition. He also called for authorities to obtain the names of those bribed by Leissner.

On another note, FMT also reported that MACC is to submit to federal prosecutors its investigation papers on former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz’s ties to 1MDB.

Quoting a high-level source close to the matter as saying, the portal also reported that the investigation report on former finance minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop would also be sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), which has powers to decide on any prosecution.

The MACC investigation comes in the wake of a similar investigation into Zeti’s family by the police, which submitted its report to the AGC last month.

The source said the MACC report will be handed over to the police who are investigating Zeti’s husband, Tawfiq Ayman.

Last week it was reported that both Zeti and Mohamed were being investigated by MACC for misconduct. According to Utusan Malaysia, the investigations pertained to the MACC Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001. – New Malaysia Herald

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