PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – The Malaysian anti-corruption agency questioned Riza Aziz, the son's stepson, on Tuesday. Prime Minister Najib Razak and a Hollywood producer, intensifying their investigation into alleged robberies and money laundering in the 1MDB state investment fund.
Riza was solemn when she arrived at the anti-graft office and did not speak to reporters.
USA UU Investigators say Riza's company, Red Granite Pictures Inc., used 1MDB stolen money to finance Hollywood movies, including "The Wolf of Wall Street," directed by Martin Scorsese. Red Granite agreed in March to pay the US government. UU benefited from the 1MDB scandal.
The civil suit against Red Granite was part of an effort to recover more than $ 1 billion that US prosecutors say was stolen from 1MDB. US investigators say it is suspected that $ 4.5 billion was looted and laundered from the fund, some of which landed in Najib's bank accounts.
The alleged corruption in the 1MDB fund led to the surprise defeat of the Najib coalition in the May 9 elections. The new government has reopened the investigations on 1MDB that were suppressed under the Najib government.
The anti-graft agency has questioned Najib and his wife. On Monday he roasted his former deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Najib and his wife could not leave the country. The police also confiscated jewelry and objects valued at more than 1,100 million ringgit ($ 272 million) of properties linked to Najib.
A 1MDB working group set up by the government this week said that 408 bank accounts involving funds of nearly RMF 1,100 million frozen. He said that the accounts, belonging to 81 people and 55 companies, are believed to have received 1MDB funds between 2011 and 2015.
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