File photo shows a man walking past a 1MDB billboard in Kuala Lumpur. The U.S. Department of Justice filed lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to seize dozens of properties tied to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), saying that over $3.5 billion was misappropriated from the institution. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice filed lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to seize dozens of properties tied to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), saying that over $3.5 billion was misappropriated from the institution.
The lawsuits, filed in Los Angeles, seek to seize assets “involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money misappropriated from 1MDB”.
The lawsuits said the alleged offences were committed over a four-year period and involved multiple individuals, including Malaysian officials and their associates, who conspired to fraudulently divert billions of dollars from 1MDB.
None of the lawsuits named Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
But they named Riza Aziz, his step-son, as a “relevant individual” in the case. They also named Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, and Abu Dhabi government officials Khadem al-Qubaisi and Mohamed Ahmed Badawy Al-Husseiny. Read more →
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
United States Seeks to Recover More Than $1 Billion Obtained from
Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than $1 billion in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. Today’s complaints represent the largest single action ever brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.
Attorney General Lynch was joined in the announcement by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California, FBI Deputy Director Andrew G. McCabe and Chief Richard Weber of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).
According to the complaints, from 2009 through 2015, more than $3.5 billion in funds belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was allegedly misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates. With today’s complaints, the United States seeks to recover more than $1 billion laundered through the United States and traceable to the conspiracy. 1MDB was created by the government of Malaysia to promote economic development in Malaysia through global partnerships and foreign direct investment, and its funds were intended to be used for improving the well-being of the Malaysian people. Instead, as detailed in the complaints, 1MDB officials and their associates allegedly misappropriated more than $3 billion. Read more →
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 JULAI: Seramai 5,590 pengundi dipercayai telah dipindahkan melalui taktik persempadanan semula secara haram ke kawasan pengundian baru tanpa pengetahuan mereka.
Pemindahan pengundi secara haram itu dikenalpasti berlaku dalam Parlimen P094 Hulu Selangor melibatkan dua buah Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) iaitu DUN Kuala Kubu Baru dan DUN Batang Kali.
Dalam sidang media di ibu pejabat DAP pagi ini, Pengarah Pilihanraya Dr. Ong Kian Ming, berkata SPR tidak berhak menjalankan persempadanan semula secara tidak sah tanpa melalui prosedur yang menepati peruntukan undang-undang.
“Merujuk kepada Perkara 113 (2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, jika SPR mahu mengubah semula sempadan kawasan pilihanraya bagi mana-mana kerusi melalui persempadanan semula, ia perlu mematuhi prosedur dan peruntukan yang terkandung dalam Jadual ke-13 Perlembagaan Persekutuan,” jelasnya.
Prosedur itu antara lain termasuklah memaklumkannya kepada Speaker Dewan dan Perdana Menteri selain menerbitkan pemberitahuan berkenaan persempadanan itu dalam Warta dan di dalam akhbar. Read more →
(Bangkok) – The Malaysian government should stop trying to muzzle the outspoken Malaysian Bar, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak. The government’s proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act, which are expected to be submitted to parliament in October 2016, would interfere with the bar’s self-regulation and independence.
“The Malaysian government’s blatant attempt to silence the country’s bar shows little concern for the immense damage this will do to the rule of law in the country,” said Phil Robertson. “The government should drop its proposed amendments so the bar remains free to choose its own leaders, act without improper government interference, and speak out on legal issues.”
Human Rights Watch said that the proposed amendments are contrary to international human rights principles and called on the government to withdraw them.
The Malaysian Bar, created in 1947, is an independent bar association whose aim is “to uphold the rule of law and the cause of justice and protect the interest of the legal profession as well as that of the public.” It is managed by a 38-member Bar Council, elected annually from among its members. Consistent with its stated purpose, the Malaysian Bar has been an outspoken voice in Malaysia on issues related to human rights and the rule of law for several decades. Read more →
(File pix) A woman walks past a UNHCR poster. The Cabinet today decided not to allow UNHCR to issue its refugee identification card to walk-in applicants. AFP photo – Safin Hamed
PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet today decided today not to allow United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) to issue its refugee identification card to walk-in applicants.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the international body should seek permission from the Home Ministry to issue such cards.
“I have met the UNCHR representatives several times, and expressed our concern over how such cards can be issued without the knowledge of the authorities such as the Immigration Department and police.
“They should only issue the cards once the status of the applicants have been confirmed by the authorities,” he told reporters at the Prime Minister’s Department Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration today.
The UNHCR cards, he added, should only be given to those detained at immigration depots or those had received the green light from the Home Ministry and the Immigration Department. Read more →
Noor Huda Roslan, who was recently appointed Syariah High Court judge in Selangor. Pic taken from The Star Online.
KUALA LUMPUR: The appointment of women as High Court judges in the Selangor Syariah Court should pave the way for other states to do the same.
This was the view of the experts at a “Seminar on Women as Judges and Leaders” on Tuesday, organised by the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) and the Selangor Syariah Judiciary Department (Jakess) here.
IAIS founder and chief executive officer Prof Dr Hashim Kamali said the role of women was not just mentioned in the Quran and hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) but also in the customs and practices of society at different times.
“Right now we have in the Muslim world, many different types of customs and practices; tribalist culture is still very strong in many parts of the world and in those parts it’s not just religion that determines the way women play their role in society and how they are treated.
“Our history is also dominated by male superiority. It has been a reality and we are still with it.
“But the role of women as evidenced in the Quran and Sunnah (practices of Prophet Muhammad) is a vision that is well distinguished, articulated in many passages in the Quran and which has found some support also in the Sunnah.” Read more →
KUALA LUMPUR: “This is (one of) the signs of the end of the world.”
That was one of the messages Prof Datin Dr Raihanah Abdullah received on social media when news of the appointment of two women to the Selangor Syariah High Court became public.
Happily, that was the only negative one, she said, laughing as she related her experience to participants of the “Seminar on Women as Judges & Leaders” on Tuesday.
“Maybe if, one day, a woman is appointed a syariah chief judge of a state I’ll get more like that one,” said the dean of the Humanitarian Research Cluster at Universiti Malaya to more laughter.
The half-day seminar by the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) at its office in Jalan Elmu here was in cooperation with the Selangor Syariah Judiciary Department (Jakess), following the appointment of nine women to the Syariah Court by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on June 27.
Noor Huda Roslan, 40, and Nenney Shuhaidah Shamsuddin, 41, were appointed to the Syariah High Court and seven others were appointed as subordinate court judges. Read more →