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Malaysia set to begin biggest 1MDB trial involving ex-PM Najib

Malaysia’s former prime minister, Najib Razak, on Monday faces the biggest of five trials linked to a multi-billion-dollar scam at state fund 1MDB, although lawyers are seeking a delay to allow time for the completion of a previous trial. Najib, who lost a general election last year, has been hit… Read More

Prosecutors seek sale of luxury homes linked to stepson of Malaysian ex-PM

U.S. prosecutors are seeking to sell three luxury homes linked to the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, court documents showed, in the latest effort to recover money allegedly stolen from Malaysian fund 1MDB. Malaysian and U.S. authorities allege that about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development… Read More

Goldman’s Star in Hong Kong Turns Into 1MDB Scandal’s Enigmatic Man

Andrea Vella was Goldman Sachs’s top dealmaker in Hong Kong. He had a nose for splashy trades, a fondness for the Bentley Continental, and a vague enough resemblance to George Clooney that there was even a joke among some bankers: “What would George do?” That was almost a year ago. Read More
16th August 2019
As president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades has worked to strengthen his country’s relationship with Russia while dealing with international criticism of its lax financial and money laundering controls. But several years before his 2013 election, a law firm he established and co-owned, and in which he was a partner at… Read More
14th August 2019
A judge ordered a former Mexican Cabinet minister to be detained pending a trial over suspected losses to taxpayers, her lawyer said on Tuesday, opening a new front in President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s campaign to eradicate corruption. The detention of former social development minister Rosario Robles is likely to… Read More
14th August 2019
Western companies with large operations in Hong Kong are activating plans for employees to work remotely, and considering how to respond to a variety of possible scenarios, as protests and police actions in the city become more widespread and unpredictable. On Tuesday, as protesters disrupted Hong Kong’s airport… Read More
13th August 2019
Inquiries from Hongkongers about property in Portugal, the homeland of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, have seen an upswing in recent months as wealthy residents and investors clamour for an alternative residency amid escalating political tensions in the city, analysts said. Since its unveiling in 2012, Lisbon’s golden visa scheme has… Read More
12th August 2019
Malaysia filed criminal charges on Friday against 17 current and former directors at subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) following an investigation into a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal that led to the demise of state fund 1MDB. The U.S. bank has been under scrutiny for its role in… Read More
12th August 2019
Mozambique charged 20 people, including the son of former President Armando Guebuza, over a fraud scam in which state-owned companies contracted $2 billion in debt for dubious projects. Legal action may follow against former finance minister Manuel Chang, who Mozambican authorities as well as the U.S Justice Department want… Read More
8th August 2019
The son of Congo-Brazzaville’s president has misappropriated $50m (£41m) of public money by routing it through shell companies and secrecy jurisdictions, according to a new investigation. Six countries in the EU, the US state of Delaware and the British Virgin Islands all played a key role in Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso’s… Read More
31st July 2019
Former Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes has been granted Nicaraguan citizenship, according to a decree published on Tuesday in the Nicaraguan government registry, likely hobbling El Salvador’s efforts to bring him home to face charges of embezzlement and money laundering. The Nicaraguan constitution holds that no citizen may be extradited. Salvadoran… Read More
29th July 2019
Zimbabwean Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira was charged in court on Friday with corruption involving $95 million from the state pension fund after questioning by the newly formed Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC). Mupfumira is the first senior government official to be interrogated by the commission, which was appointed by President Emmerson… Read More
25th July 2019
On Italian television, Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos steps up to the ball and delivers his trademark free kick. It’s not a rerun of his long, curving 1997 Tournoi de France masterpiece — it’s a commercial for an online sports gambling company, Planetwin365, which has become a household name… Read More