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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
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
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
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
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
Prosecutors accuse lawyers who defended Pras Michel at trial of violating a court protective order by sharing sensitive government documents with reporters in a bid to influence the jury pool. Michel has since ditched the lawyers for new representation.
28 September 2023
Roger Ng was set to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons for 10 years on 6 September but will wait another month while the US and Malaysia work out terms on which to return him to his home country where he still faces criminal charges.
06 September 2023
05 September 2023
Fugees rapper Pras Michel hired a Washington, DC law firm to represent him following his conviction last spring; the DOJ said an adoption provider can pay for foreign officials to travel to the US; a witness in a trial of former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak detailed how he got paid in the 1MDB scandal.
31 August 2023
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