Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s anti-graft agency said Thursday it has detained Riza Aziz, the stepson of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and a Hollywood film producer, and will charge him with money laundering. Anti-Corruption Commission chief Latheefa Koya said Riza was picked up Thursday but has been released on bail. “He has to appear before the court tomorrow to face charges under AMLA,” she said, referring to the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001. She declined to give details. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Riza was quizzed last July by the agency over alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund. US investigators say Riza’s company, Red Granite Pictures Inc., used money stolen from 1MDB to finance Hollywood films including the Martin Scorsese-directed “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Red Granite has paid the US government 60 million to settle claims it benefited from the 1MDB scandal. Alleged corruption at the 1MDB fund helped bring on the unexpected defeat of Najib’s coalition in May 9 polls last year. The new government reopened investigations that were stifled while Najib was in office. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingNajib is currently on trial for alleged criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering linked to 1MDB. He denies the charges. His wife, Rosmah Mansor, also has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and tax evasion related to 1MDB but her trial date has not been set. Najib’s daughter, Nooryana Najwa, slammed the legal action against her brother. “Despite the settlement in the U.S. and the fact that alleged wrongdoings occurred entirely outside of Malaysia, the MACC decides to press charges after a whole year of leaving this case in cold storage. He is not a criminal,” she wrote on Instagram.
He said that there is no room for the country to be divided and the public must think broadly instead of politically on National issues. (Colombo Gazette) President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the elections to the Northern Provincial Council is being held as the government feels the time is right and not owing to any outside pressure.Speaking in Kandy, the President said that as part of the democratic process in the country various elections are being held. The President said that the government is doing all it can to mend the broken hearts of the people in the North. He said that the government takes pride in the fact that it has been able to rebuild the war battered areas within a short period of time.However he noted that some Sri Lankans living overseas are speaking against the country. He said that as part of that process the government is making arrangements to hold provincial council elections.
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