NOORYANA Najwa Najib has expressed her solidarity with her stepbrother, Riza Aziz, who faces money-laundering charges at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court tomorrow morning.
“Today MACC decided to charge my brother. He has faced a civil lawsuit over the same subject matter in the US. As part of the settlement, Red Granite has paid a substantial amount to the DOJ.
“But despite the settlement in the US and the fact that alleged wrong-doings occurred entirely outside of Malaysia, MACC decides to press charges after a whole year of leaving this case in cold storage.
The 43-year-old, who is the son of Rosmah Mansor from a previous marriage, was arrested at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya at noon today, but was released later on bail.
Riza, who holds a background in finance and studied at the London School of Economics, was questioned four times by MACC in July last year.
Red Granite Pictures paid US$60 million (RM247 million) to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in March last year to settle claims it produced three films using funds siphoned off 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Both Riza and Nooryana were also named in a RM680 million forfeiture suit filed by prosecutors last month for assets allegedly bought with 1MDB funds.
-THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT