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Monday, January 31, 2022

MACC summons witnesses in 1MDB bribery case

The international bankers Goldman Sachs paid Malaysia US$3.9 billion in settlement for its role in the 1MDB scandal after its former partner Tim Leissner pleaded guilty to money laundering and bribery charges. (Reuters pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has summoned several witnesses in its investigation into government and 1MDB officials said to have been bribed by a former Goldman Sachs banker.

Tim Leissner.

A source close to the matter revealed to FMT that MACC is obtaining documents from related foreign investigating agencies. “As for now, we are still investigating the matter,” the source told FMT.

The investigation stems from the admission by former Goldman Sachs partner Tim Leissner in 2018 that he had bribed officials of the government and 1MDB. 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.

The source also said that the MACC was still investigating others who had been bribed by Leissner, but who have yet to be hauled to court.  - FMT

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