Topic: 1MDB

Malaysia halves Najib’s sentence over 1MDB corruption role

02 February 2024

Tim Leissner sentencing pushed back for 11th time

More than five years have elapsed since the former Goldman Sachs banker pleaded guilty to foreign bribery and money laundering charges over his role in the massive 1MDB corruption scheme.

29 January 2024

Malaysia threatens legal action against 1MDB-linked banks

24 January 2024

US to return $100 million in stolen 1MDB funds to Malaysia

The money will be used to pay down “significant debt” that Malaysia has racked up from the embezzlement scheme, a DOJ official said.

14 December 2023

Ex-DOJ employee dodges prison for assisting secret 1MDB lobbying campaign

A federal judge in Washington, DC handed George Higginbotham three months of probation after prosecutors asked for a sentence reduction. The former DOJ employee has been a key witness in the US’s probe into two secret foreign influence campaigns financed by China and the alleged architect of the 1MDB corruption scandal.

07 November 2023

US recommends probation for fired DOJ employee who assisted 1MDB influence campaign

Prosecutors said George Higginbotham should serve a reduced sentence in light of his “expansive” cooperation with the government’s investigation into two secret campaigns to lobby the Obama and Trump administrations.

30 October 2023

Court to hear evidence following Fugees rapper’s retrial request

An evidentiary hearing has been set for December to help the court determine whether Pras Michel, who was convicted for his role in the 1MDB scandal, should be granted a retrial.

25 October 2023

Fugees rapper asks for retrial in 1MDB case

Pras Michel’s new lawyers accuse the rapper's former counsel of using an untested artificial intelligence program in which they allegedly held an undisclosed financial stake to write the closing arguments in his trial, which ended with a conviction on all counts.

18 October 2023

Goldman Sachs launches arbitration against Malaysia over 1MDB resolution

12 October 2023

Roger Ng to return to Malaysia

The former Goldman Sachs banker who is set to serve 10 years for his role in the globe-spanning looting of a Malaysian development fund will stand trial in his home country before serving his sentence in the US.

06 October 2023

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