Riza Shahrin Bin Abdul Aziz or Riza Aziz, is Rosmah’s son and Najib’s step-son. He has a BSc in Economics and Masters in Political Science from the London School of Economics. He schooled in London with Jho Low of 1MDB infamy. That is how Jho got to know Rosmah and Najib.
Riza shot to fame in 2013 as co-founder and owner of Red Granite Pictures, USA, which produced and financed the movie ‘Wolf of Wall St’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The $64,000 question is of course how and from where someone like Riza who was not known to be a tycoon, got US$64 million or RM256 million to bankroll the movie.
The answer is clearly stated in documents related to the July 2016 civil action indictment brought against Jho Low, Riza and others by the Kleptocracy Action Recovery Initiative (aptly KARI) unit of the US Department of Justice (USDoJ). CLICK HERE.
The USDoJ document clearly identifies Riza by name, and Najib as MO1:
The DoJ has followed Riza’s money trail to US6.5 billion raised in 2012 and 2013 by 1MDB through Goldman Sachs, USA.
In short, Riza received money that was clearly, fraudulently stolen by Najib from 1MDB, aided and abetted by Jho Low, a couple of Arabs in Abu Dhabi and the top management at 1MDB. Najib and his partners-in-crime had defrauded 1MDB to the tune of RM42 billion. Of this, US$238 million or RM952 million was transferred in various blocks in 2012 to Riza Aziz.
Riza used RM377 million to acquire upmarket properties in London, New York and Beverly Hills, California. Another $256 million was used to finance production of Wolf. Millions of ringgit more were transferred to the off-shore bank accounts of Eric Tan Kim Loong, which, it is now certain after a court hearing in Singapore, is a fake identity used by Jho Low to fool the financial authorities in USA, Switzerland, Singapore etc. to launder money. The table above shows how this easy and new-found money was moved around to pay for gambling debts, jet and super-yacht expenses and the high life! That includes $12.32 million misused to pay for Rosmah’s diamond shopping in Hong Kong!
Some of the properties were first acquired by Jho Low who later added on a hefty profit margin before “selling” them to Riza!Najib, Rosmah, Riza and Jho Low then tried to cover up the looting by producing fake letters purporting to show that they received these huge sums of money as donations and gifts from Arab parties:
1. The purported Al-Husseiny of Abu Dhabi “gift letter” to Riza.
The letter is clearly a fake because there was no US$94.5 million transferred to Riza Aziz; the amount, as shown in the table above, was US$94.3 million!!!
2. The purported, mysterious and as yet unidentified HRH Prince Saud Abdulaziz Al-Saud “donation” letter to Najib.
Suffice to say that all this thievery and fakery was pre-planned. The USDoJ document is full of Jho Low and his Mafia gifting each other billions of ringgit to avoid paying taxes all over the world. We all know that:
1. Money does not grow on trees.
2. No one gifts or donates billions of ringgit to perfect strangers or mere business acquaintances. Even Obama did not raise raise that much donation for his 2012 re-election campaign.
3. There is no free lunch.
Najib’s ridiculous claim that $2.6 billion was a Saudi Royalty donation from which he did not benefit, has been dismissed by 6.99999 billion humans. Najib also conveniently forgot to mention that another, approximately RM 1.6 billion, had flowed through his account between 2011-2013. His further claim that he did not know several millions ringgit had been credited to his bank a/c, but spent it anyway, is the stuff of legends.
Riza seems to be following Najib’s tactics by claiming in the US Court that he is the “innocent owner” of the RM952 million who did not know it was stolen from 1MDB, and that in any event, it had not been proven in any court that the money was stolen at all. We might just believe that Riza was innocent if he did not hold a Bsc degree in Economics and a Masters in Political Science from LSE. Is Riza honestly expecting us to believe he did not ask his mother Rosmah, step-father Najib and buddy Jho Low where all this hundred of millions of durian runtuh was coming from? Or that Rosmah, Najib and Jho did not tell him?
If only Riza had not schooled with Jho Low, if only Jho had not met Rosmah and Najib, if only……
But, the truth is 1MDB was short of cash and had to be bailed out with short-term loans of RM975 million by Najib’s MOF, $4 billion re-financing arranged by tycoon Ananda Krishnan, and by flogging its prized IPP and land assets to Chinese government state-owned companies. The sale of IPPs – Edra – resulted in RM2 billion loss to 1MDB. Wide-spread public accusations that Najib has sold out our sovereignty to China to cover up his massive thievery, has much substance.
If some RM30 billion was not missing from 1MDB’s bank, why these desperate measures?
If there was no fraud at 1MDB:
1. Why were auditors removed twice by Najib?
2. Why did Deloitte say their 2013 and 2014 audit reports could not be relied upon and resign in 2016?
3. Why have the accounts for 2015 and 2016 yet to be audited, delayed by 24 and 11 months?
4. Why did Najib and his stooge Attorney General classify the Auditor Genera’s 1MDB report under the OSA. (This is actually Unconstitutional as neither PM Najib nor AG Pandi have any blocking authority over the Auditor General’s report to Parliament).
The truth is Riza, Rosmah and Najib are the Malaysian Mafia who roped Jho Low (also Malaysian but apparently holds a US passport) into the heist of the century. Najib is using the full power of his office, and the sycophancy and corruption of UMNO/BN, the IGP, AG, Judiciary, MACC, PAC, Parliament and Bank Negara to thwart every attempt to send him and his family to prison for a long time. Their conduct is treasonous.
Najib has even convinced himself that if by flogging 1MDB’s assets at a profit, and fraudulently diverting money from inflating other government projects, he is able to cover the huge short-fall in its books, he should be forgiven for his looting and plundering, and be awarded the Victoria Cross and the Nobel Accounting Prize!
The law however, is certainly not on his side. If you rob a bank and then replace that stolen money by robbing another bank, you get a longer jail sentence for two robberies.
If you “borrow” money from public funds, use it for your and your family’s benefit, then somehow find the money to replace the debt, you still go to jail, at a bare minimum, for CBT (Criminal Breach of Trust).
So, looking at it 360 degrees, the quartet of Najib, Rosmah, Riza and Jho Loh are facing something like 36,000 years in jail for all their abuse of power, corruption, fraud, theft, CBT, accounting fraud, looting, plundering, internationally laundering public funds, AND TREASON! There’s no two ways about it!
The IGP who is apparently conducting an investigation into 1MDB, announced that he has completed Phase1, whatever that means. He says he has to interview several witnesses, some based overseas. CLICK HERE.
But why did he not arrest Riza who in November 2016 was with Najib and Rosmah? And surely, Najib and Riza would co-operate in getting hold of Jho Low for a nice chat with the IGP over teh tarik and nasi lemak?
What a bunch of crooks and serially liars we have in Najib and his family, and what a government of thieves, in UMNO/BN!