A US based portal, celebritynetworth.com said yesterday
1MDB and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak still are under investigation, as officials from the U.S. are still trying to regain $1 billion spent on luxury goods inside the country.
This includes a $35 million dollar jet aircraft and financing for the “Wolf of Wall Street” movie produced by Red Granite Pictures.
Riza Aziz, the co-founder of Red Granite Pictures, is Najib’s stepson.
The portal said the movie was banned from airing in Malaysia due to its depictions of debauchery.
“Razak has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, as have Riza Aziz and Red Granite Pictures. It remains to be seen how it will impact his career and his relations with foreign officials. It’s possible that his term as Prime Minister may be over before the investigation is completed,” said the portal.
The website also said:
Back in 2012, a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB (not to be confused with IMDB!) sold $3.5 billion worth of bonds with the help of Goldman Sachs and the backing of an Abu Dhabi government fund.
This money was supposed to be used to purchase power plants but according to U.S. officials, nearly $1.45 billion was redirected to Swiss bank accounts and shell companies.
One of the biggest alleged recipients is the current Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak.
“The scandal doesn’t seem to be causing serious damage to the relationship between the U.S. and Malaysia. Malaysia is currently a moderate, majority-Muslim nation that has proven to be an ally against extremism, and was deemed “critical” to counter-terrorism last year by President Obama,” it said, putting the Donald Trump administration in the limelight.
On account of a looming election in Malaysia, the local authorities and Abu Dhabi have already made moves to fix the scandal involving billions in unpaid bills to the Abu Dhabi based International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).
1MDB had allegedly made payments to IPIC but the money went into a different account belonging to a company with similar name to the IPIC.
After years of denial by the 1MDB and the Malaysian government that the money was sent to a bogus company, 1MDB has finally agreed to pay $1.2 billion to the Abu Dhabi fund by the end of the year.
The agreement also called for the Malaysian side to take over all interest and payments on the two 2012 bonds, which charge 6 percent interest and must be repaid by 2022.
Last year, 1MDB defaulted on the bonds and the Abu Dhabi fund tried to gain $6.5 billion in arbitration.
The Wall Street Journal also claimed that nearly $700 million had moved from 1MDB straight into Razak’s personal account.
Reports by The Independent yesterday claims the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could also look into Mauritius as a new jurisdiction where 1MDB money may have traveled under the direction of Tim Leissner, one of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s former star bankers banned in Singapore for illicit activities linked to 1MDB.