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Malaysia says US has returned US$57m in 1MDB funds

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Malaysia on Tuesday said the US government had returned some US$57 million in funds recovered from 1MDB assets in the "first installment" of funds to be repatriated under a US kleptocracy asset recovery initiative.

[KUALA LUMPUR] Malaysia on Tuesday said the US government had returned some US$57 million in funds recovered from 1MDB assets in the "first installment" of funds to be repatriated under a US kleptocracy asset recovery initiative.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ), in the biggest ever case in its anti-kleptocracy programme, is pursuing billions of dollars it says were misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund founded by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.

The US$57 million repatriated to Malaysia was forfeited from Hollywood film production company Red Granite Pictures, which is linked to Najib's stepson Riza Aziz, according to the Malaysian Attorney-General's chambers (AGC).

The DoJ is also in the process of remitting another US$139 million, pending the sale of a Manhattan property linked to fugitive Malaysian financier, Low Taek Jho or Jho Low, the AGC said in a statement.

REUTERS

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